Sunday, July 5, 2009

Independence Day

We celebrated the 4th of July here with a bonfire, roasting hot dogs on our beach, with people from five different countries including a few of the US Navy. I'd gotten some of those pop-me's in Nuku'alofa, where you pull the string and it shoots out confetti . (I was just there for a few days for a PC volunteer meeting). So that was our fireworks. The neighbor kids loved them, and we had them draw some flags for decorations, combinations of Tongan and US flags. When we explained it was our American Independence Day they kept thinking we were talking about the movie - Independence Day. I also spent part of the day floating out on the ocean from our beach on the new air mattresses my parents brought over when they visited, it's very relaxing!

1 comment:

Averill Strasser said...

Kate and Bret:

Nice that you had a great 4th. We're heading off to help with one more community event this morning.

By way of introduction, I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bolivia, '66-'68), and founder and COO of Water Charity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does water, sanitation, and public health projects worldwide.

We have just started a new initiative, Appropriate Projects, to fund small water and sanitation projects very quickly.

Please check out our website at and submit an application. Even though you don't work in water/san, you may want to do a small project at a community facility, clinic, or school. It could be something simple, such as piping, fixtures, water storage, or some other needed improvement.

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a project, just ask.

Could you pass this message on to your fellow-PCVs in Tonga?

If you like what we do, could you tell others in your social networks about us?

Thanks. I wish you the best of luck in your work.

Averill Strasser

Appropriate Projects

Water Charity