Pictured is Nga Mokoroa, one of the eldest members of the Girl Guides Association Cook Islands, with the youth members at a convention that was held on the island of Atiu. 21101407.
The Girl Guides Association Cook Islands are today celebrating their 93 years of “guiding” in the Cook Islands.
Girl guiding is one of the oldest non-government
organisation (NGO) groups in the Cook Islands.
It was first established in Takamoa Grounds on October
26, 1928, and the first Company was endorsed by Makea Nui Tinirau Ariki
The Girl Guides Cook Islands national president Ngara
Katuke said the association teaches girls life skills such as embroidery – the
various stiches of tivaivai, knitting, sewing, cooking, survival techniques and
conduct several outdoor activities.
“Many girls and women have been through the Girl
Guiding company, today, some are now grandmothers who are still active and
support the programmes we do,” said Katuke.
Katuke estimates that the current membership for the
organisations stands at 350 to 400 for Rarotonga and 200 to 250 in the Pa Enua.
“Although our membership has decreased a lot since
Covid-19, in the past people had also moved overseas for further education and
employment and personal reasons.”
The Girl Guides and its National Council members will
commemorate the special occasion with a birthday cake, devotion, presentations
and entertainment this evening at 5pm at the Sinai Hall in Avarua.