TC Winston

Elmo and Grover in Fiji to put smiles on children after TC Winston

The Sesame Street Puppets Elmo and Grover are in the country to put a smile on the faces of children whose schools and villages have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Ms. Ambler said the duo are hoping to put smiles on the faces of children whose schools and villages have been devastated by TC Winston. […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 20, 2016 2:11 pm

The Sesame Street Puppets Elmo and Grover are in the country to put a smile on the faces of children whose schools and villages have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Director General Filipe Nainoca and Disaster Coordinator Maciu Nokelevu met with Elmo and Grover on their visit to the office in plans to have a road show to areas most affected by TC Winston (Fiji Red Cross Society).
Director General Filipe Nainoca and Disaster Coordinator Maciu Nokelevu met with Elmo and Grover on their visit to the office in plans to have a road show to areas most affected by TC Winston (Fiji Red Cross Society).

Ms. Ambler said the duo are hoping to put smiles on the faces of children whose schools and villages have been devastated by TC Winston.

The purpose of their visit is to bring a smile on the Children’s face affected by TC Winston. He is a New Zealand journalist and a professional puppeteer, the name is Chris Lynch.

His here for two reasons he is here to help the children to forget about the cyclone, to make them have fun and to make them laugh but the other reason you know right after the natural disaster the kid will try very hard to concentrate and think what their teacher are saying so they listen to the the muppet and the muppet will tell them to listen to their teacher.

Corrine Ambler with Elmo entertaining and educating the students of Penang primary school (Corrine Ambler/twitter).
Puppeteer Chris Lynche with Elmo entertaining students of Penang Primary School today.(Corrine Ambler).

Ms. Ambler said that they have visited a total of four schools.

The puppeteer arrived in the weekend on Sunday, he is  here for a week. Right now we are on a three day visit and today we have been to two schools and tomorrow to two schools. We’ll be visiting four schools altogether, two schools yesterday, two schools today and two schools tomorrow.

At this moment we just came back from Vunikavikaloa Area School in the Ra area and we just finished from Nalaba Primary School. Tomorrow we’ll be at Penang Primary School and than in the afternoon we’ll be at the Draunivi Primary School and on Thursday he’ll be teaching members of the Red Cross.

When a cyclone come the children do run around without shoes and run in rivers which is dangerous, so Elmo the puppet is telling them when there is a cyclone its okay to be scared and some of the children after the cyclone think that everything happened is their fault and also teach them when there is flood water for them not to swim in it and drink from the river.

Ms. Ambler said the puppets have the ability to teach key messages.

The Fiji Red Cross used to use puppets help to educate the children a few years back for HIV and AIDS and all that of stuffs, so his also here to teach the Fiji Red Cross of how to use puppets to educate children.

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