2010: Rireana’s maiden voyage to the Pacific

Journey to the Pacific We sailed from Opua, New Zealand, in June 2010, with Tim Frost as crew, and headed directly for Port Vila in Vanuatu. The trip took about 10 days and was largely incident free. Lynn suffered from bad seasickness initially but in the last 2 or 3 days, when we were being […]

Lighting up the classrooms at Namaru Primary School, Avock Island

  Click here to listen to Vanuatu’s National Anthem sung by the children of Namaru Primary School   Avock is one of the 3 main islands making up the Maskelynes group, home to approximately 200 people. The majority of children from this island attend Namaru Primary School until Year 6. Although the school is attached to Avock, it can […]

Combined School and Community Library for the Maskelynes

The Butterfly Trust has decided to go ahead with facilitating the establishment of a new library in the Maskelynes. The main impetus for this project is to help improve the literacy standards of the community. Poor literacy standards are clearly a concern across all age groups. Mr Benson Tangou, the head teacher of Sangalai Centre School cited an urgent […]

Memorandum of Understanding between Butterfly Trust and Vanuatu’s Ministry of Education

The Vanuatu Ministry of Education has also joined our MOU with the Ministry of Health. In Port Vila, we spoke to Roy Obed, Director of Education Services from the Ministry of Education (“MOE”). Mr Obed highlighted the need for further training in the areas of English literacy, science, mathematics, librarianship and school management. He cited […]

Memorandum of Understanding between Butterfly Trust and Vanuatus Ministry of Health

The Butterfly Trust arrived at Port Vila Harbour in the early hours of 19 June 2011. Shortly after we met up with Viran Tovu, the Acting Senior Health Planner from Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health (“MOH”) to discuss proposed medical assistance to the Maskelynes. The Maskelynes are a group of islands lying off the southeast corner of Malekula, one of the larger islands […]