This is an exciting new project for ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc. Prior to 2014, after distributing current secondary textbooks to disadvantaged students in Melbourne leftover out of date textbooks & library books were donated to World Vision for disadvantaged schools overseas. When the ForCHILDREN Textbook Project joined with 20th Man Youth Fund (now the Les Twentyman Foundation) Back To School program in 2014 we found that between us we had thousands of leftover quality out of date secondary library books and textbooks. With another collection for the 2015 school year ahead of us and limited storage space we had no where to send them so paper recycling was imminent until we were introduced to William Kerua and Anna Wai from Papua New Guinea. While living in Australia William and Anna were collecting secondhand textbooks to sent to the very disadvantaged schools in Morobe Province, Papua new Guinea. A perfect match! Textbooks for Papua New Guinea was born.
Textbooks for Papua New Guinea has become a collaboration of ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc. with Lydia Kelland of Recycled Textbooks , Les Twentyman Foundation’s Back To School program, Rotary Club of St Kilda, Rotary Club of Melbourne, Rotary Donations In Kind and Rotary Club Lae Huon Gulf
In September 2015, 11 months later, 19,000 books had been sorted into class sets and packed into 1,000 boxes. These were labelled, entered on an inventory and allocated to schools in Morobe Province, PNG and ready to go.
The books and 283 kg of library shelving were transported by Rotary Donations In Kind from 5 storage locations to their warehouse in Footscray. Volunteers packed them into our 20ft container.
On November 11, 2015 the container departed Melbourne.
On March 11, 2016 following lengthy delays in customs the container was delivered to Lae UniTech where William has now taken up an academic position.
With our support, William now has the difficult task of organising the transportation and distribution of the books to schools in Lae and in remote areas of Morobe Province.
We look forward to updating you by posting news from William.