Sending books to Fiji
Children in rural Fiji will soon be reading books collected by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons.
Organised by Mormon Helping Hands, the Books for Fiji project involves books being collected here and sent to remote areas in the island nation.
‘‘The donated books will be greatly appreciated by children of rural schools in Fiji, where competing demands on limited financial resources often place other education needs ahead of reading books,’’ says Mere Tora, acting head of mission for the Fijian High Commission.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is right behind the collection, keen to assist in improving educational resources in Fiji.
‘‘I ask the members of the Porirua community to look through their books that have been lying around for years and bring them to any Porirua Library.’’
Porirua City councillor Faafoi Seiuli works at Victoria University encouraging Pacific and Maori secondary school students to strive for tertiary education.
‘‘ Reading is a key to further education. I’m glad people in Porirua can make a difference to the lives of primary school children in Fiji.’’
A range of useful books have been donated so far. From left is Porirua city councillor Faafoi Seiuli, Mormon Helping Hands project director Eileen Mueller and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett.
Niraj Mudaliar, second secretary to the Fijian High Commission, who was MC at the Fijian rugby team’s welcome to Te Rauparaha Arena, discussed the project with Mr Leggett.
He said children in the rural parts of Fiji have no
access to libraries.
To donate books, email email@example.com, phone 04 389 8550 or go to the Facebook site NZ Books for Fiji. The collection ends on October 2. Local drop-offs include: Dress- Smart Shopping Centre; Tawa Community Centre; Glover Memorials, Hartham Pl; Flying Colours, 5 Serlby Pl, Porirua Libraries. You can also deliver them to any chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday mornings.