What an awesome day spent at Eydhafushi! Trudi, James, Piggy, and I all put in a good day of work while the rest of our volunteers were working in Maalhos and Dharavandhoo.
Our trash clean up, which took place on Saturday, took its final step on Eydhafushi today when a dhoni showed up to remove all 1,000 trash bags from the island. The four of us teamed up alongside six other local volunteers to load the backside of the dhoni. We were able to move the huge lump of trash in just over an hour!
After lunch, we teamed up with about twelve student volunteers from the local school to continue surveying the island. Some of the students have joined us for a few days and are ready to lead teams of their own! They even promised to continue the project after our time in the Maldives is over. Sustainability is the name of the game and these kids are definitely the answer we have been looking for!
We are hoping to be able to finish surveying the capital island by Friday. Over 20 of the students have promised to show up (on their only day off from school!) on Friday to help us complete the surveying and continue mosquito control efforts. Overall, it was a very encouraging and inspiring day.