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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead.

We did it!!! Blowing the target out of the water with $11,260 raised through our recent crowdfunding campaign. THANK YOU to all of you who have shared the vision, lent your voice and contributed funds. We appreciate you all so much! Take a look at what you’ve helped create…


KITCHEN + HUT #2 Progress: 
The kitchen is near-complete and the next hut is underway.

Kitchen Progress MontageFollow Mercy Huts Facebook page for regular progress updates on the Surf Retreat.

Again a big THANK YOU to each of you who have helped support responsible tourism in Rote Island. We couldn’t do it without you.

A grateful Mercy Huts Team


Pic 1: Delayed take-off due to storms Pic 2: Grace & Noah watching the storm from our impromptu home for the night. Pic 3: Trying to check our 25kg BBQ in at Bali airport

Here we are again. It’s May 2015 and we’re back to our beloved Rote.

We got off to a slow start this year… I mean literally… We couldn’t even get off the ground in Sydney! After 1 cancelled flight and miraculous provision of the last available hotel room in Sydney (which happened to be right at the airport) we were re-booked onto a Garuda flight the next day, which also had difficulty due to the HUGE Sydney storms. Eventually we were off the ground and on our way. Exciting…. To say the least!

Call us dreamers, but this year we have way more to do in a lot less time. We have a kitchen/dining room/training pavilion to complete and fit-out. Plus we have the goal to build our next family-sized hut… Remembering that things move slower here as most all the work is done by hand. And we have less than 4 months to do it all!

We hit the ground running in Bali and were excited to get hold of a quality, all stainless BBQ to bring across with us for the kitchen…. Here is a picture of us being denied checking it in… Can’t understand why? It was only 52kg! Yes… dreaming again! It was worth a try! We have it here now, along with our truck load of required building materials and timber brought across by ferry from Kupang.

Horse Feast montage

We were all so excited to arrive in Rote. Matt was especially enthusiastic, accidentally kissing one of the local guys when he put his face up to Matts to welcome him back! You need to understand, culture here is to rub or touch noses, kind of like having a ‘sniff’… but definitely NOT lips to skin ha ha ha. Pakistan . Matt got so carried away he forgot which country he was in!

Progress is moving steadily despite a number of ‘holidays’ where basically the whole village shuts down and no one works. There are lots of ‘holidays’ here and various days of celebration, but one of these was extremely sad. Just 1 week after we arrived, the family that lives just across the road from us, lost their 1 month old baby. Unfortunately it happens all too often here in Rote.

The things we take for granted in Oz! We have strong, healthy bodies that fight sickness and disease plus access to doctors and good medical care… most of the world does not have this privilege!

We love this place, we love the people and we are so happy to be back here, doing what we love most! Oh, to make a difference! Our dream!

Bye for now.
From the ‘family of dreamers!’ (Thistlewaites)