Naleba Cakaulevu, also know as Tamana and Espli, has gone to a better place in this world. I am told that he slipped and fell, started having stomach aches which proceeded on into his back. Unable to move because of the pain and nausea, he headed to a local hospital near our village. When I say hospital, I mean it is labeled as a 'hospital', but a concrete, two bedroom slab with a scale and stretcher do not constitute the building as a hospital. Needless to say, he was sent home with some ibuprofen. His legs began to swell and he headed to the hospital again. Within a few days he was rushed to the Lautoka hospital where he died shortly after. I can only assume he died of internal bleeding. Espli was a huge influence to me during my Peace Corps experience and I know he was the hope of Veidrala Village.
He loved his people and contributed greatly to the youth group, community, and rugby teams of the surrounding areas. I spent a lot of time getting to know his drive, intelligence, passions, and commitments to family and friends. Naleba, you are sorely missed by all who knew you. Rest in Peace Espli.
After graduating from Auburn with a BS in marine biology I became a dedicated nanny to a handsome baby boy, Wil, and an astounding young woman, Lexi. I loved my job, but my sense of adventure got the best of me and I began applying to serve in the Peace Corps. I served for a full two years in Fiji in the Pacific Islands. I learned a lot about myself, another culture, and accomplished more than I ever imagined. I consider myself to be fun, caring, spontaneous, and intelligent most of the time (I have a few blonde moments). I am very adventurous and LOVE to travel! There aren't too many things I am scared of or afraid to do... just get out there and live in the moment! Be in awe of life, there is no other way to live!