Couple give books to cyclone-ravaged schools

A COMMUNITY outreach program set up by a couple has been widened to embrace eight schools that were devastated by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.

Peter and Susan Kingston have been operating their Pacific Outreach charitable organisation in Fiji for the past 15 years.

The couple has just returned from distributing storybooks to eight schools on Vanua Balavu in Lau whose libraries were damaged when Winston hit the island eight months ago.

Mr Kingston said the reactions to the contribution by the students and teachers were very satisfying.

“These schools really need a lot of materials to get started and get back to where they were before,” Mr Kingston said.

“These books will make them feel like they have a proper school again. A library is part of a normal school so I think the books will help them psychologically and educationally as they continue rebuilding their lives.”

The couple gave three cartons of books each to six primary schools and five cartons to a secondary school.

He said they were able to identify these schools through consultation with the Education Ministry. These schools, he added, were in dire need of help.

Meanwhile, the couple has also visited schools on Koro. They will be visiting eight more schools on Taveuni next week.

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