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Donated Boat will Benefit Current and Future Generations, Village Leader Says

An aluminium river boat donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Fiji village of Nauluvatu will help villagers for years to come according to village leader ‘Turaga ni Yavusa Vunidrala’ Mr Penioni Rasuru.

“Never in our wildest dreams,” Mr Rasuru said recently, “did we imagine receiving an aluminium boat. We have been greatly blessed. This boat will benefit us, our children and grandchildren.”

Up until now the villagers have relied on small, unsafe wooden boats to transport children to school and carry produce to the markets because there is no bridge over the river. Slight rises in the water level or flash floods made travel unsafe.  

In a meeting with village leaders and villagers last month, Latter-day Saint leader Mr AlipateTagidugu said the Church “is proud to hand over such a beautiful vessel, made for such beautiful people, and we hope it will serve and bless the people of Nauluvatu for years to come.”

Mr Chris Santikos, representing the company that manufactured the boat, was present to witness the ceremony. He said, “Seeing the joy on the faces of the villagers has been a very rewarding and humbling experience for us and to witness the end result of helping people and to see what LDS Charities are all about.”





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