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A call for reading book donations for a remote school

Head teacher Ms Abani in front of classrooms in SafiaCAROLINE EVARI

WHILE intending candidates for the 2017 national elections compete head to head to claim leadership for the next five years, one school on the outskirts of Musa in the Ijivitari area of Oro Province is in dire need of teaching and reading materials for its students.

This school is currently run by two headmasters and an auxiliary teacher and serves children from neighboring villages.

It has been 42 years now since Papua New Guinea gained its independence in 1975 but Musa is still how it was in colonial days.

The people are without proper infrastructure, they lack basic and quality health and education services and are without any exposure to development or modernisation.

Having said that, I would like to make an appeal for donations of reading books for the school.

Your donations would go a long way for the 20–40 students at this remote school and will be highly appreciated.

Please contact me on email to make a donation today.


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Philip Fitzpatrick

A message from Caroline today:

"Just letting you know that the books arrived.

I am currently brainstorming on how to get the books into the school.

I will continue to keep you updated."

These books were purchased and dispatched using some of the royalties from the sales of the 'My Walk to Equality' anthology.

Many thanks to the writers who contributed to the anthology.

Caroline Evari

I will definitely posts updates about this project, Phil

Philip Fitzpatrick

That might make up an interesting mix Caroline. Some basic generic kid's books with a sprinkling of Papua New Guinean literature.

Please keep us informed about this project.

Lindsay F Bond

Will books delivery come soon enough that, along with PNG Government paying for helicoptering electoral candidates (alleged by Rt Hon Sir Mekere Morauta 21/6/2017), a grander gesture could be delivered as a worthy ‘turn up’ and ‘turn about’ for trumpeting hope in education, IF, donated books for Safia school also came delivered by helicopter? Put it to Peter, David?

Afterall, donation is a helicoptering of sorts, albeit in defiance of edict prohibiting income of local cash.

Caroline Evari

Thanks so much Phil for your generosity. Buk Bilong Pikini has pledged to donate 300 books to the school as well.

Many returns will come you way.

Philip Fitzpatrick

Twenty one books, in two consignments, dispatched to Caroline today for delivery to the school.

A Kiap's Story
An Uncertain Future
Bamahuta Leaving Papua
I Can See My Country Clearly Now
Inspector Metau: The Case of Angry Councillor
Inspector Metau: The Case of Good Politician
Inspector Metau: The Case of the Missing Professor
Ku High School Anthology 2014
Lost in His Land
My Brother Warrollu
My Walk to Equality
Reading Comprehension Textbook
The Crocodile Prize Anthology 2011
The Crocodile Prize Anthology 2012
The Crocodile Prize Anthology 2013
The Crocodile Prize Anthology 2014
The Crocodile Prize Anthology 2015
The Crocodile Prize Anthology 2016
Top Crocs

A note to the thieves in the post office and freight company - if you steal these books you are robbing kids in a remote area trying to get an education.

Total cost K468.53.

If anyone else wants to make a further contribution (Peter O'Neill?) please go for it.

Philip Fitzpatrick

If you give me an address I will send a set of Pukpuk Publications books to the school Caroline.

Maybe if you check out our website you can tell me which ones would be appropriate.

A residential or business address would be best, consignments to post office boxes tend to go missing.

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