Across the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, then deep south into the salty Indian waters, there sits a tropical paradise island, ringed by ocean scenery that makes post cards insecure. It has been called the key or the star of the Indian Ocean, and some great events have transpired there not long ago.
And to think that their humble originator was a lovable band of brothers called ELI Africa.
On a sunny soccer pitch in a quiet town called Roches Noires—a town half of big bungalows, half of concrete and steel dwellings—a soccer tournament was held. Ten teams gathered in competition. Balls were kicked, goals were scored, medals were distributed. ELI Africa itself made a heroic showing, holding its brash opponents to a scoreless game before losing in a tragic exchange of penalty kicks. Jordan and Caroline were the days champions, the tournaments organizers.
Not far from this celebration of athletic prowess, new life was sewn into the generous Earth. Local fishermen, men in partnership with the ocean’s moods, gently folded mangrove propagules into the coastal mud. From these meager beginnings, leafy shorelines will unfold, and in the cozy mangrove roots of a day ten years from this one, fish will busy themselves caring for nests and crabs will crab around. Speeches were given at this mangrove planting. Vedant Seeam’s honeyed words told the awestruck onlookers of ecosystem enrichment, and Denise Soesilo’s halting yet powerful Kreol conveyed a dream of rich coastal waters.
There is a place in Riviere du Rempart to which the young ones migrate in herds, a Youth Center, one might say. In this vaulted gymnasium, the most sublime of human pursuits was practiced. A group of children from the from the Starfish by the sea—from Etoile de Mer—performed their play with such heavenly artistry that the angels wept and the crowd of 300 craned their necks to see. Vedant Seeam, champion of orators, froze the room’s air with his eloquence, and Michael Rose got an A+ for effort with his Kreol.
It’s all true, all true. And the District Council of the North merits great gratitude, as the strong and skilled hands behind these fine events.