Kristin School aids tsunami recovery

Last updated 05:00 07/09/2012
Kristin School

HELPING HAND: Year 9 students Charles Law, left, and Vincent help out at Poutasi Village’s primary school.

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For three years schools in tsunami-wrecked Samoa have had cooking classes without stove tops and sewing classes without machines.

But for one village a new partnership with Kristin School has meant their wish list of basic necessities has been made a reality.

Year 9 dean Carl Murray visited Poutasi Village after he heard of the conditions the people were still living in after the 2009 tsunami.

He came back determined to help and brought with him a wish list of equipment needed by the community from the village chief Joe Annandale.

Donations came flooding in from Kristin families and the community and a shipping crate was filled with everything from school basics like sports gear and computers to village necessities like blankets and pots.

Mr Murray and a group of 16 year 9 students then travelled in the July holidays to meet the crate in Poutasi where they spent three weeks helping deliver the goods and working in the community.

Students Isabella Pasley and Nicholas Miehlbradt, both 13, say the experience taught them a lot.

"People in Poutasi don't have a lot, but they're always happy and smiling," Nicholas says.

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