posted December 9th
During our time in Vanua Levu, we met with journalists from Fiji’s leading national newspaper, Fiji Sun, who printed the following article immediately after our return to Suva:
More Books for North Students
Outreach programme targets rural and maritime schools
Peni Drauna, Labasa
Primary & secondary school students around Labasa were enriched with the gift of more library books to read when the Pacific Outreach programme team paid them a visit last week.
Lead by Peter & Susan Kingston, the couple have been involved in fulltime voluntary work in India, Nepal, Africa and Bosnia. ‘We came to Fiji in 2001 as independent volunteers and began conducting programmes in schools, colleges and prisons,’ Mr Kingston said.
We saw the real need for this type of work and in 2007 we registered our Pacific Outreach programme. We have received shipments of books from Australia, England & USA & have distributed them all around Viti Levu and some in outer islands.’
He said they intend to reach schools in the interior & maritime islands where the need for books was greatest. ‘As missionaries, we live by faith and pray that God will supply all our needs in delivering all the books to remote areas’, Mr Kingston said.
‘We brought 80 boxes of books for 13 secondary schools, 2 primary schools and one kindergarten’.
He said they focused mainly on rural schools which were in need of books but sometimes they would attend to the needs of those who made requests. ‘We thank all those who have been helping us deliver these books to remote areas and all those who have been very supportive of the programme,’ he said.