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urnquest waited many months for the paperwork to be processed but a response never came. During this time of waiting, the sisters began dreaming. The sisters thought if the government was not going to process Turnquest’s paperwork, then they would open a home for children. This dream sparked excitement in the sisters and together they created a proposal for a children’s home on Current Island. The sisters took their proposal to the government. Initially, the government was hesitant and wanted the children’s home on a more populated island. Current Island – a narrow island, no more than seven miles long and less than a mile wide in most places – sits off the northwest tip of Eleuthera, one of the larger islands in the archipelago known as The Bahamas. It is one of many ‘family islands’ or ‘out islands’, islands whose residents are all related. If someone outside the family wants to move to the island they must first receive the family’s permission. These family islands are scarcely populated, untouched and quiet and Current Island is no exception. Currently, 30 to 40 family members live on Current Island. The sisters were not happy about the government’s hesitance. They believed that obstacles highlighted by the government were, in fact, reasons Current Island would provide a safe oasis for the children. For example, only a single ferry captained by the sister’s Uncle Pat, Heartland service the island. Instead of seeing a logistical limitation, LIVING the sisters understood that the single ferry ensured August that they could monitor who came and left the island. September 2016 Turnquest and Munroe were not going to allow the government’s initial hesitance stop them. „


Heartland Living Aug-Sep 2016  
Heartland Living Aug-Sep 2016  

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