Participants form a village council. They review the practice of nurturing relationships or the pan-Pacific concept of vā. They become aware of how infant mortality or the death of an infant before its first birthday impacts their community and develop skills to start a conversation in their community about the issue.
- Welcome, Consent Forms, and Roll
- Project Overview
- Fono Rules
- Cultural Concept Vā
- Video: The Unspoken Truth
- Presentation on Infant Mortality
- Break (Optional)
- Communication Activity
- Fono Assignment
Cultural concept vā
Throughout our different island cultures, you will find a strong practice of maintaining and nurturing relationships, especially with members from ones’ kin, church, school, and villages.
This is the pan-Pacific concept of vā. Vā literally means space. It is the space in which we relate and it’s how we interact with each other. It touches every aspect of Pacific Islander life through our relationships with our families and community and is carried on from one generation to the next. Vā is often strongest with kin members and people with genealogical ties.
Tauhi ‛a e vā (Tongan) or tausi le vā (Samoan) is the act of nurturing and developing the vā. When we tauhi vā or tausi vā, we purposefully build, strengthen, and maintain the relationships that connect us to one another.