Even a dollar can go a long way when combined with another dollar that someone else contributed to help ship books to impoverished Viwa Islands, Fiji. Michele Darmanin has taken the cause up in 2012 and has already had one successful shipment to school children om Viwa Island, Fiji.
It turns out that other impovershed schools on Fiji islands want books for non existing school libraries also. Michele has received books from around the world. This is one piece of the puzzle. The other part is the books need to be shipped and it costs thousands of dollars to do so. Michele estimated shipping at $2,000. The ship leaves in March and she needs to raise necessary funds to ship then.
Can you please give her a hand. Michele is not asking for the moon only a small donation that would brighten the lives of children who will never otherwise see the world as a place of beauty and joy. If they don’t read books that educate, how will they be productive citizens in the future?
We can do our part. I shipped two different books over the past year. I made a small financial donation of $5.00. I know it is nothing, but if you all contribute $5 or more, then it will grow and take wing, just like the butterfly.
Let’s make Michelle smile today. She is under a lot of pressure to get thousands of books shipped on pallets. Let’s give her a hand at
items are from between 29 Jan 2013 & 03 Feb 2013.
NOTE: For some reason I am unable at present to double space part of this message. It was cut and pasted to WordPress from Facebook post. Sorry!
Book project request from Michele Darmanin
PROJECT: Donate A Book to the Viwa Island District School, Fiji
I would like to ask for your support with our project in helping the school children located on Viwa Island, Fiji.
“Learned through Google that Fiji has the monarch butterfly in residence. Naturally I sent my book, My Name is Butterfly, to Michele. It is about the life cycle of the butterfly. Story is about a girl in her garden who discovers a monarch caterpillar. Author,” Mary Ellen Ryall.
This tiny island community is approximately 48 nautical miles northwest of Denarau, it is the most western island located at the bottom of the Yasawa Group.
To travel to Viwa Island it takes two boat trips and 3.5 hours to arrive on their tiny remote island.
Viwa Island has two small village communities and their children attend their island schools.
The main school educates approximately 66 children from Kindergarten through to Year 6, on the other side of the island they have a tiny school with 6 kindergarten children only.
This small island school provides their children with the opportunity to obtain an education whilst living on their isolated island home.
I believe it is absolutely essential for the Viwa Island children to have access to quality books so they might improve their english, reading and writing skills so in turn will ultimately assist them in gaining access to higher education or employment opportunities once they finish their schooling on the island.
By way of background this project began with a small idea wanting to help the school children of Viwa Island to receive quality books they cant afford to buy themselves.
I am not involved with any charity or connected to any organisations.
The plain simple truth is I am wife, a mother of two grown up children and currently unemployed.
My husband and I visited Viwa Island for the time in November last year.
When we returned home to Sydney we decided to organise two boxes of books to be sent to the school before Christmas.
We received positive feedback from the teachers and students, they were absolutely delighted to receive a 130 second hand reading books to add to their tiny library.
We would greatly appreciate your support and participation with this project in making a difference for the school children of Viwa Island.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I thank you in advance for considering my request and look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Mrs Michele Darmanin
Mobile: 0405 326 080