Friday, June 17, 2011

More pictures!

Sugar cane! If you haven't ever tried it, I highly recommend it.

Some of our lovely girls! After a long hard day of weeding and clearing a lot of brush! We are such hard workers :)

The wonderful Ba bus stand. We were fortunate enough to ride these babies everyday.

Ya this is the after shock of finding a spider that huge in our pile of shoes. We freaked out. And Maya our lovely landlady and cook came to our rescue.

Brandi and I at the Koroipita medical screening. Such a successful day! We checked blood pressure and blood sugar level along with BMI, to assess if they were in the range of diabetes and hypertension. I did the health education talks and gave them important information for a lifestyle change! The community was so eager to listen to us and so compliant! Brandi was a wonderful PR rep and so many people attended our screening!

Wonderful Emily and Alyssa assessing our Koroipita village members. They were great!

For vacation one weekend, we went to Suva! This little lake is in a national forest, so beautiful! Full day of hiking and pond jumping!

Kids at the Lomo Lomo public school. I had to make them swallow de-worming pills and iron pills, it was so sad! But really funny.

Ward Family fun day on the Queen's birthday! Our ward was so fun and welcoming! Loved them all!

10 hour flight.

And I'm home! Oh America, how I've missed you so. I have missed those tall glasses of milk, my own car, the right side of the road, an actual road, and my cell phone. But more importantly I miss Fiji and the team back in Ba! Let me just start by apologizing to those who frequent this blog, only to find out its mostly words! my bad. Theinternet was very sketchy in Fiji so now I will do my best to summarize what I could not post. The last few weeks were so wonderful. I really feel like I was starting to get to know our team. Of course I had to go right. Also, I miss Maya and her Indian food! And I miss all the little children of Fiji...I can't get over how adorable they are. I have a great story that will make anyone laugh. So the last day in Fiji Rachel and I are trying to stock up on souv's, so we went to the Lautoka craft market. The second you walk in, "Take a look, I give you good price", and "That pretty, I give you discount". So every ten seconds we have tosay, "oh ok, thank you", or "we are just looking". Until we are about to walk out, and the last lady yells, "You want free children?" We had to think twice about what she just said. But thenresponded with, "Um yes!" The exact reason I came to the Lautoka market. I knew they had a sale on cute children. I was so not expecting that, especially since everyone was trying to get us to buy everything they sold. This lady had the best sense of humor. Thought that might make you laugh.
Anyway, more about the volunteer work. I loved the last few weeks. The Vielomani Boys home was so sad to see us leave. I loved it there. They have made so much progress in the short time we were there. And the last time I taught 'health talks' in the Lomo Lomo primary school the kids were so eager to pose around the pond they were o
bserving, for an adorable picture! I hope I was able to make a difference on someone, or something in the short time I was able to help out.
I loved every second of it, and I wouldn't change anything. I feel very selfish when I say that Fiji helped me out so much, in so many different ways. So as long as someone in Fiji valued my presence and contribution, then I feel it was so wor
th it. Thank you for everyone who helped me get there. I have been home 10 hours and I already miss it so much and the whole team. Moce feejee.

The last time with the amazing PRISM team! Love them all.

Cutest kids!