It’s a week since I arrived back in New Zealand from the Vanuatu “distribution / education” trip with the Mamma’s Laef team.
This was my 11th trip into Vanuatu and each time I learn something new about the culture, the make-up of communities, and the HOW as to how things work in Vanuatu. In many ways, so different to HOW it is for me back in New Zealand – of course it would, it’s a different country. Some times I found myself incredibly frustrated at what appears to be a lack of sense of urgency and I need to remind myself that isn’t New Zealand! This is also a reminder to me of acceptance, of difference and not expecting a “white” solution or outcome.
As one New Zealand based group who were working in Vanuatu at the same time as me described it; it’s like peeling back the layers of an onion – the more you visit, the more you learn. I concur.
There are stories to tell of this latest journey, which I will do soon. However, I have to firstly acknowledge the support received during my time in Vanuatu, in terms of Paying it Forward, by some “imports”.
Special thanks to:
- Jane for your wisdom;
- Amy for your practicality in providing us with a piece of equipment that really made life so much easier in our education presentations. Since then, your desire to enthuse young women in your circle, to support our group;
- Barbara for your generosity in giving me some luxury in my back-packer budget;
- Janet for your wisdom, stories and generous hospitality;
- Shaz for your listening ear, guidance, generous hospitality and delicious food;
- Pauline for your advice on the next steps in administration.
… and not quite on the “paying it forward” level, but nonetheless, something I am grateful for – the unnamed persons for showing me the debilitating effects of bigotry and racism – I am grateful for this lesson.
Tank yu tumas
Mi lukim yu