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Samoan Kiwis in the Philippines

We are in mourning: The Kiwi-Samoan team from Christchurch has left us! We all enjoyed the team, led by Watari Maina and Ropeta, so much. Even our neighbours knew somehow that we had visitors.

They took songs and testimony in every place and gave a three day session for our staff on Basic Counselling Skills with an easy to use model. They took six sessions with the children in the Home using a TREE as their model. The children all drew their own trees and wrote in all sorts of things about their lives, ending with their dreams for the future. The children are still talking about their trees!

Then on the last day the team gave a Tofa Soifua (Farewell dinner). Not only that, but afterwards they gave out gifts of appreciation that they had brought from NZ - including tapa cloth, fans and lollies. Now I know why the suitcases were so big! Our staff commented: "we have never received anything like this before!"