Collecting, packing and shipping books to
Papua New Guinea for children aged 0-14 years.
Milfordhaven Primary and Elementary School is one of the oldest schools in Lae, but a touching tribute to Books 4 PNG Kids from its principal is cause for thought in a country like Australia where books are taken for granted.
Most of Milfordhaven’s reading books were old and some were out of date until a community leader, Pastor Keith Douglas, asked if Books 4 PNG Kids could supply some books after the school’s old library was rebuilt.
As these photos sent by Veronica Toksy show, 25 cartons from Books 4 PNG Kids were delivered to the school last month but the heartfelt thanks of the principal, Mr Amu, says it all.
He said his school “was lucky to have met such kind people who are total strangers to him but have the heart to serve their community and PNG schools”.
The school, on the outskirts of Lae city, has 750 primary students and 580 elementary pupils drawn from 15 villages, so the 15 boxes of primary books and 10 boxes of elementary readers donated by Books 4 PNG Kids will be well used.
As it was the wet season in Lae, there were showers in the morning, so class 8C was allowed to receive the books in front of the new library.
Their teacher, Ms Ovia, passed on her sincere thanks to Books 4 PNG Kids founder and CEO Heather Doonan and “all the wonderful volunteers in Brisbane” for the books.
“It means a lot to the school and its present and future students,” she said.
There are 25 teachers for the school’s 1,330 students – so quite a few students in each class!
Mr Amu expressed his heartfelt thanks to Books 4 PNG Kids and also to Pastor Keith for the connection with Mr Toksy and family.
Thank you once again to Veronica too, who has volunteered for Books 4 PNG Kids as a university student in Brisbane and is now continuing to volunteer for the benefit of the community in PNG as well.
Volunteers are always welcome to join us on Fridays in Brisbane, packing and sorting books - any time you can give is appreciated as we couldn't do it without you! Just wear closed-in shoes. Lunch is provided.
Join us on Fridays, 9am-3.30pm, at
39 Flanders St, Salisbury QLD
Currently accepting book donations suitable for preschool and primary school children, both fiction and nonfiction up to a reading age of 12, including picture books, beginner readers, textbooks, up-to-date atlases, dictionaries, geographical magazines, Bibles, unused maths and English workbooks, and stationery. No teachers' resources, thank you.
Please see our drop-off locations below. We are happy to collect 10 boxes of books or more at any location in Brisbane and southeast Queensland.
Email all requests from PNG for schools there to email@example.com
Heather Doonan (CEO):
0418 623 675
Our Impact (so far)
DELIVERING BOOKS TO KIDS IN PNG
ELEMENTARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS SUPPORTED
HUGE QUANTITIES OF TEACHING RESOURCES & LIBRARY SUPPORT