posted Jan 31st
We recently received a new consignment of good quality text books & library books from Joy, our missionary friend in Melbourne. A big ‘thank you’ to her as this is the second time she’s helped facilitate a shipment like this.
Shipping books & other items is always a big job as it almost always requires repacking, sealing & then marking all the necessary details on each box—104 of them in this case! Then comes all the arrangements & paperwork with the shipping company. Many thanks to Obrien Customs & Forwarding who kindly donated the shipping charges.
On our end in Suva, we were greatly looking forward to the shipment’s safe arrival but at the same time were somewhat dreading the huge run-around involved in trying to convince the Fijian customs authority that these are donated books that we in turn will be donating to village schools. Last time, we had spent many weeks shuttling between various government ministries & had taken matters to pretty high levels in order to get the necessary clearances.
This time, we’re happy to report that there was no run-around or paper chase whatsoever; in fact we could hardly believe how easy it was. Evidently our shuttle diplomacy from last time had put us in the ‘green lane category’ & there was only one form to fill out with the receiving customs agent. They then delivered the books to our house with no charges to pay!
We’d like to close this post with an appeal to anyone interested in helping our work to please contact local libraries in your area to see if they would be interested in donating books to poor village schools in Fiji. We’ve found that libraries in developed countries frequently update their stocks of children’s materials. While doing so, they sort through all their books & get rid of any that are over 3–5 years old. These kind of books would be greatly appreciated by Fijian village children that have almost no access to anything but the most basic of educational materials.
How about contacting your local library?