24 October 2009
We spent a most interesting day with Simone Gerritsen and her kids from her school Kehidupan Anda or “Your Life.” The goal of Project “Kehidupan Anda” is to improve the education of the children in the village Tongkeina and the surrounding villages.
We visited the school, which is a stone’s throw away from Thalassa Dive Center. We couldn’t believe our ears when Simone said the entire student body reached almost 400 kids from kinder to high school!
With Simone’s passion and pit bull ability to make mountains move, college scholarships have been found for three graduating students. Amazing. Now if we can help get the word out there that the school needs a language learning kit with headphones and the works! Anyone out there want to make a difference in a child’s life by helping them learn English? Please visit their Kehidupan Anda website and donate a language kit!
We went diving with six of the students and did a reef check in Bunaken Island. They had perfect bouyancy and were very good divers! I was very very impressed!
Lest we forget Thalassa Dive Center and all the staff and dive crew that run this top operation, here’s a group photo as well with our Panda flag, which is getting dirtier with every use. I don’t dare wash this amazing flag as the black parts of the Panda are embroidered to the white parts. I’d rather it get dirty than “hole-y.”
We would like to thank our gracious Dutch hosts Ineke and Jan of The 4 Fish Guesthouse for our stay. It was a lovely visit, albeit too short.