THE smiles on the faces of these Ni-Vanuatu youngsters say it all. P&OCruises’ Pacific Partnership initiative is bearing fruit. A new kindergarten in the Pangi district of Pentecost Island is the first project completed under the cruise line’s fundraising initiative to help needy South Pacific communities. Since its January launch, the joint enterprise with Save the Children has raised more than $200,000 through onboard donations by passengers and the knitting of blankets for newborns. Talwa kindergarten — a two-room building for up to 30 children with play equipment and facilities — was built with a $50,000 donation. During the opening ceremony, P&Ostaff, including Pacific Partnerships program quality manager Georgia Noy (pictured), were presented with walking sticks traditionally reserved for high chiefs. A second kindergarten, in the northern Sanma region, is under construction and a new aid post in Torba, Vanuatu’s most remote outpost, is due to be completed by the end of this year. More: pocruises.com.au.