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• Saturday, April 07th, 2012

Posted Jan 31st

Continuing our series of ‘catch up’ photos from 2011, featuring various aspects of our work in Fiji, along with interesting aspects of local Pacific island life.
Those of you who have been following our weekly blog, will be familiar with the story of Sanjiv—a very worthy young man who met with an accident & became handicapped in the course of his work. We’ve tried to help him as much as we can, & in this connection here is a photo of Sanjiv with a worker from the Ministry of Health that we arranged to visit. She’s taking measurements in order to make the home more suitable for someone with a wheelchair.


Sanjiv’s father is a priest & in fact part of his settlement house is a Hindu temple that becomes a major community centre during festivals, the most famous of which is the fire-walking ceremony! Seen here is the ‘Indian version’ of fire-walking at the main temple in Howell Road, Suva where devotees walk on hot embers.


Here below is the ‘Fijian version’ of fire-walking, as seen on the island of Beqa, (pronounced ‘Benga’). Here, the devotees walk on hot stones. While we witnessed the ceremony, just to show that the stones are indeed very hot, one devotee threw down a scrunched-up piece of paper that instantly burst into flames!


For more on fire-walking, please see the related wikepedia article:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewalking

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• Saturday, April 07th, 2012

Posted January 24th

Continuing with various unpublished photos & testimonies from last year:We did quite a lot of clothes distributions during our last stay in Fiji, mostly in settlements (Fiji’s equivalent of shanty towns). Here’s a pic from one such distribution:

We continued to repair & upgrade our Pacific Outreach centre in 2011. Special thanks to Rodney at Chand Concrete that donated 80 concrete blocks in order to raise the level of the retaining wall.

Special thanks also to Comsol that donated a second hand laptop to our handicapped friend Sanjiv to help him find new job & study opportunities. Please continue to keep Sanjiv in your thoughts & prayers. For more about this very potential young man, please see our article entitled, ‘Can you help Sanjiv?’

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• Saturday, April 07th, 2012

Posted Jan 17th

We found we have a lot of good ‘leftover’ photos from 2011 that never got published on our website or in newsletters, so we’d like to share some of these with you over the next few weeks. Some are ‘action shots’ of our charity work in progress, while others show a bit more about life in the Pacific……


To start off with, here’s one from the latter category. As you know, Fiji is a ‘fruitful’ place & so we make a weekly trip around the area collecting papayas (paw-paws) from the trees in our neighbourhood. Sue keeps the seeds from the best ones & replants them—first in small pots, then in larger ones & then in the garden. We’re still in the process of learning how to get the best results….!

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• Friday, September 09th, 2011

 See a summary of our latest news in Fiji by clicking the link below

September–October 2011 newsletter

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• Saturday, July 16th, 2011

recent news & photos from our charity work in Fiji…..click link below

Pacific Outreach NL 39