“Mum, I’m not sure what they’re saying, but I think they want to play.”
Maia was staring down a little crowd of local kids on the dock. We’d all exhausted the standards: what’s your name, how old are you, how are you, and where are you from--and were at the stage where we stared at each other and smiled. So Evan hunted out a length of rope and they all began skipping. Soon the crowd grew and giggles rang out.
Pouheva is a community with about 750 people living on Makemo atoll. There are three stores, a church, a post office and a school—which means that the 50 or so boats that show up here each year are pretty much the biggest entertainment going. We offer the kids here a glimpse into an outside world that they don’t have a ton of access to. And we bring toys and entertainment to a place where a basic rubber ball costs $10.
|Britannia may have gotten more than they bargained for when they let the first kids aboard--but they all headed back to the dock after the swim was done|
Mostly though, I think they entertain us. There are moments when they are a little too enthusiastic and we end up being a bit overwhelmed, but it’s worth hearing the giggles.