Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Faces of Mando Village

We have just returned from working as volunteers in Mando, a small village in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. This is the third year in a row that we have been to Mando. It is a magical place, about 2000 metres above sea level, so sometimes it seems we are living in the clouds. The people are friendly, open and keen to learn new skills. In the next few blog posts, I hope to share with you stories from Mando, but for the moment, here are some of the beautiful  faces of Mando.
A white face is a mysterious to this little one.
Moka Moka boys, preparing to welcome an AusAid delegation
Year 4 treacher and students
Village women learning to crochet.
Babysitter Veronica and baby.
Waiting to welcome more Rotary volunteers.
Mudman from Asaro.
Jeremy made a bag - his first attempt at sewing with a machine.
Still waiting for the volunteers to arrive.
Year 7 girls learning to sew - great tablecloths!
This little boy thought Jim was his Australian uncle and then was disappointed to discover  he wasn't.
Joyce, one of the teachers and me.
traditional dress -"bilas" ... This photo and the following taken  at the school's cultural show ...  

Today is International day of peace ... remember "peace begins with a smile"
( and in PNG with  the gift of a bilum)