Collecting, packing and shipping books to
Papua New Guinea for children aged 0-14 years.
BOOKS WITH GLADNESS
Nauna Primary School is “in the middle of the ocean”, more than 800km north of Port Moresby and far east of Manus Island, but that didn’t daunt Gladness Soalixa in delivering 28 cartons of books from Books 4 PNG Kids there recently.
Gladness now lives in Port Moresby and has a logistics company but she also has a heart for those without access to education, as she experienced similar challenges as a child.
So her offer to deliver the books to the school on Nauna Island in Manus Province after Books 4 PNG Kids donated them and shipped them to Port Moresby was greatly appreciated, as Books 4 PNG Kids does not have shipping to Manus Island.
Gladness’s company ships and freights goods to PNG’s provinces and she was moved to volunteer after seeing how “schools were blessed when they received their books”.
She wanted to send books to schools "that have no access to proper education as I myself grew up in such way”.
Gladness organised for the books to be airfreighted from Port Moresby to Manus and on by boat to Nauna Island – a six-hour ocean journey.
Now Nauna Primary and Elementary School’s 320 pupils and eight staff have access to hundreds of books from Books 4 PNG Kids.
“A very big thank you from the students and teachers of Nauna Elementary and Primary school for the great initiative taken by the Books 4 PNG Kids in supplying needed library books to the remotest schools in Manus Province,” Gladness says.
“We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts as teachers and concerned parents of the fortunate students that will be benefiting from the books.
"One of our long-term development goals for Manus and Rapatona LLG is education.”
Gladness says Nauna Island is “in the middle of the ocean”, and hardly any teachers volunteer to teach at such remote schools due to the hardship they face.
“The teachers and students are so grateful to Books 4 PNG kids. These books will help our students for 10 to 20 years (to come) for the betterment of ... our island, province and nation.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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