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• Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Couple pins hopes on tots

Many rural schools lack books & reading materials, says former school teacher Peter Kingston who has been a frequent visitor to Fiji for the past 7 years. Mr Kingston has traded his teaching profession for missionary work & has witnessed the difficult learning environment students in rural areas have to put up with.
For the last 7 years, Mr Kingston & his wife Susan, have been visiting villages donating children’s books, clothes and food. In one instance, Mr Kingston said they visited a school in Deuba that had a small & empty library. The couple run a charity organisation recently registered as Pacific Outreach & they are appealing to the general public for any school books, children’s books & clothes that could be passed on to underprivileged children.
The couple has been involved with missionary work the last 25 years. ‘We like the islands and Fiji is an excellent base for reaching out to the whole Pacific area. We try to get local companies to help through donations’, Mr Kingston said.
In the coming months, the couple intend to donate cartons of books in the Lau group. ‘We try to make a difference in people’s lives. We’re Christian missionaries and we believe in tangible things that will make a difference in people’s lives, and they appreciate what we give them.’ Mr Kingston said they had received positive feedback on their work in the last 7 years. ‘We have backgrounds as teachers, and teaching children the right values is what we can do because children are the future of this nation & that’s the best place to start to make things better.’
On Christmas Day they were in Vutia, Rewa, distributing books to children.

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