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Blessed to be a Blessing!

TUVALU

MOTTO: "Tuvalu for the Almighty"

Tuvalu is an independent constitutional monarchy in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, they separated from the Gilbert Islands after a referendum in 1975, and achieved independence from Great Britain in October 1978.

The population of 13,000 live on Tuvalu's nine atolls which are no higher that 15 above sea level, the total land area is 27 square kilometres. This ranks Tuvalu as the fourth smallest country in the world, in terms of land area.


The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people. Most Tuvaluans aremembers of the Christian Church of Tuvalu, derived from the Congregationalist foundation of the London Missionary Society. Life, especially on outer islands, revolves around religion.

Tuvalu exports small quantities of copra and sells licences to foreign ships wishing to fish for tuna in it 200 mile exclusive economic zone. The islands are too remote for development of a large-scale tourist industry. Subsistence farming and fishing are the primary economic activities. Subsistence crops are coconuts, taro, pandanus fruit, and bananas. Tuvaluan business is predominantly co-operative and communal, with each island having a co-operative store, which is similar to a convenience store where the Islanders buy canned foods and bags of rice. The Australian dollar is the nation’s currency.


Drinking water is mostly obtained from rainwater collected on roofs and stored in tanks; these systems are often poorly maintained, resulting in lack of water.

The traditional community system still survives to a large extent on Tuvalu. Each family has its own task to perform for the community, such as fishing, house building or defence. The skills of a family are passed on from father to son.


TUVALU NATION ANTHEM

"Tuvalu for the Almighty"

Are the words we hold most dear;

For as people or as leaders

Of Tuvalu we all share

In the knowledge that God

Ever rules in heav'n above,

And that we in this land

Are united in His love.

We build on a sure foundation

When we trust in God's great law;

"Tuvalu for the Almighty"

Be our song for evermore!


Let us trust our lives henceforward

To the King to whom we pray,

With our eyes fixed firmly on Him

He is showing us the way.

"May we reign with Him in glory"

Be our song for evermore,

for His almighty power

Is our strength from shore to shore.

Shout aloud in jubilation

To the King Whom we adore.

"Tuvalu free and united"

Be our song for evermore!

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