Aaron and Phil's stay overlapped a bit so they went with Murray, James, Sam, and Ian up to the volcano. Jesiah went for his first time too!
Yanik with Sam, Phil, and James.
Sam holding "scaffolding" for James to work on the roof. James has several years of construction experience so his skills were incredibly useful.
Murray was the fantastic go-for of the crew and helped out a lot.
Ian and Murray
Sam and Jake
Nearly finished! Ian up on top screwing in all the roofing.
Lots came to watch!
Si and James hanging out in a tree.
Some of our village's kids.
Ian with Addy and Gwen.
Sylvie and Murray.
We did lunch outdoors every day at the picnic table Corney made for us!
The incredible stump!
While Ian, James, and Murray slaved on the roof, Sam slaved on the landscaping. Sam also has a ballet background so taught the kids a few lessons as well.
A bunch of ladies were waiting on a ship to take them to the West for a funeral so they decided to help Sam out in the meantime (in their best island dresses). Ya, ni-Vanuatu women are pretty amazing. I don't even try to compete with that!
Kids hanging out in the shade of the house.
Hought and Ian put up the cement board around both houses.
Not the safest scaffolding system known to man...they bushed it with this one.
Ian, Graham and Ray heading out with Jake and some of the other youth guys.
During the stay of this last group, the village was doing a lot to get ready for an upcoming national conference to be hosted in our village and the one 20 minutes down the trail. Several hundred were expected to come so our newly enclosed house was to house a few hundred (laying back-to-back on mats on the cement floor) and each village family was expected to have an extra sleeping house for visitors to stay in.
Our neighbors, Taso and Elsie's new house. Their son John and his friends (including Jesiah) got to put up the roof!
Sera and Momon. Momon is doing a double-weaved style here.
Drazila and Salong playing.
Mavin (pronounced Muffin, which I think is so cute for her!) and Marie
Some of the extra meeting houses going up for the event.
Hanging out with all the ladies. Maybe someday I'll be useful and weave too! :)
Marrro and Alice
Matal and Lala
The meeting house in Ranon village.
Houghton grinding hamburger/mince for the village to cook for the conference.
Thanks to Bridgeport Community Church for this beast of a grinder!
Our village (Ranvetlam) meeting house, decorated for the event.
The cooking and serving house.
Check out this monster pot! That is sitting on our normal sized picnic table!
Some of the other places put up specially for the event.
A lot of really big pigs were eaten over the week-long conference. And massive amounts of root crops. Ni-Vanuatu can eat an impressive amount of food...I would say double what we could pack down in starch! There ended up being 100-some in our house. We were concerned that things might be damaged, but the house was treated well and after a good sweeping, it was good as new again after the event. A lot of people there for the national conference praised North Ambrym for pulling it all together so well and with really just 3 villages working together (mainly) to make it happen, they were the smallest group of people to host the annual event and did it well!
This is Leifan here in the white island dress with purple paint behind Leia in the brown/turquoise dress. Her mother, Matal, is next to her holding her sister, Sylvie's baby, Stefani. She shares the painted house in this pic with her father and mother-in-law and a few kids.