Report from IMC Worldwide’s current ‘Water Man’ - Victor Cinamon
As IMC's representative on the Water Supply Project, it was with mixed emotions that I watched the Edinburgh leaving for Cape Town the other afternoon - not least because there was a strong probability I might have been one of its passengers. Fortunately, things turned out differently and my stay was extended.
My short time on the Island has been a huge learning curve, especially in the art of self-sufficiency - evident in every aspect of life here. The islanders have an approach to living that puts the rest of the world to shame. They stand up for each other; they take care of the aged; and they rally around those in need with no expectation of reward other than help when they need it themselves.
I have witnessed the community gathering at one home to put on a new roof, delighting in the sense of fellowship and helping others, with a celebratory feast at the end of the day to reward all their hard work.
As IMC's representative, I have been overwhelmed with Island hospitality. On more than one occasion I have had to walk home with pockets bulging with beers I dare not drink - placed in front of me with little said apart from "for you my brother".
Those who have been working with me have expressed a great desire to learn new skills. At first, there was a certain amount of reserve but steel fixing, leveling, formwork, planning and harbour repair have all become subjects of brand new interest and enthusiasm. I will leave Tristan da Cunha enriched by my experience - taking away with me some serious lessons on life, unity and survival that the Islanders have taught me. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work here and share my skills with people so eager to learn. I really admire and respect these unique members of the human race.