We’re hard at work on:

  1. a new documentary film series, We, the Voyagers: Lata’s Children is nearly 2/3 completed.  The first film in the series is We, the Voyagers: Our Vaka, and is now completed and scheduling screenings for August , 2019 – 2020, along with the second film We, the Voyagers: Our Moana.  We seek your donor support for hard costs of completing the editing of part 2, and to produce the third film, We, the Voyagers: Ou Family.
  2. building an escort and all-season transport vessel An escort vessel is required for student voyages I’m the TePuke.  Such oyages must be made to extend the inter-island range for training voyages and so that 8-9 student crew members can participate.  This includes fundraising for workers’ rations and school fees for workers’ children so that they can continue to work on the canoe. Construction of the Te Puke is underway and will take 18 more months to complete once funding is realized.
  3. building a canoe house at Taumako is urgently needed to shelter the two canoes (one that needs repair), to accommodate Lata Navigation School students and visitors, and to for a safe archive of books, video, cultural materials, and solar lighting. Communications must be established with the outside directly from the Lata Voyaging Culture School.
  4. completion of a voyage from Temotu Province, Solomon Islands to Vanuatu on traditional Te Puke. The TePuke is at Vanikoro and the crew needs rations to stand by for the winds and make the voyage to Sola.  Then they will need return transport so they can work at home while waiting some months for the seasonal winds to sail back from Vanuatu.
  5. completion and publishing of Sailing with Lata, a book to tell the story of the Vaka Taumako Project and explain the new wealth of voyaging knowledge we’ve learned along the way.  Fundraising for completion of diagrams and supplementary video sequences to be included with the book, as well as writeup time for the authors, and for expert work  in web publishing and distribution.
  6. salaries and office equipment for the Honiara administrators of Vaka Valo Association. They need to afford communications data, laptops, video software, and salaries while they write grant applications and create programs and collaborations with international offices and students.

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More details to come, so please stay tuned.