Our Samoa Village Get Hired to Build Canoes!

As you recall, we did a project in Samoa (2012) where we built 16 canoes—one for each family in the village of Matafa’a—to replace those lost in the tsunami of 2009. Since the entire village helped with the project—the elders teaching everyone the art of carving an outrigger canoe—it was like canoe college. After that, one of the young craftsmen even got hired to build two canoes in a neighboring village. All that, alone, would have been a fabulous MicroAid success story. . . . . Well, recently, I was contacted by a guy in Apia (the capital of Samoa) who puts on a yearly festival-event featuring canoe races, traditional Samoan dancing, arts, and culture. He wanted information about the c

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