In spite of all that has happened, Hastings SL is a little town with faith in its own future. The region’s police academy, the airport and a medical training centre are all nearby. The school-children are neatly turned out and make the most of the educational opportunities, in spite of severe shortages of the most basic books and equipment. Since LOAF Project repaired the bridges, transport into, out of and around the village is easier. But there are few opportunities for jobs in the village itself. A group of ladies, themselves polio victims, make clothing; and Marco and his team are skilled woodcarvers and produce beautiful, large scale artifacts. When we can complete the Health Centre project, we’d like to help villagers set up mini-enterprises, but that’s all very vague for the moment. Now that our bid for Comic Relief funding for the Health Centre has failed, we are putting all our energies into fundraising. If you have any ideas, please let us know. You can even make a small donation through the Charity Checkout link.