Lape Island Community Project, Vav’vu, Tonga

21/11/2012 0 By Shane Boocock
Children in school in Lape

Children in school in Lape

On my return to Neifau from Mounu Island we stopped in at Lape Village, what I can only describe as one of the smallest Tongan island villages in the island group. There are just 16 adults and 16 children who live on the island and they are totally self-sufficient except for some aid from Japan and New Zealand. There are five fales (kitset houses) on the island that were built in New Zealand and shipped to Tonga that supplement the already existing buildings, such as the small, seven pupil island school. The Japanese are now installing solar panels for each building. One of the ways they locals supplement their income is to hold a regular Friday night feast that includes cultural dance and handicrafts that they sell which attracts a great number of yacht owners.