PNG & Solomon Islands: Project to distribute donated school supplies to remote areas
The Solomons is definitely the poor cousin to Vanuatu, its very underdeveloped regards tourism, infrastructure and aid. The places we visited appreciate yachts, the locals have few ways of making income, to the point some of the kids wear barely rags. It's moving see how much it means when they can trade food from their gardens for something that really helps them.
I am trying to get a small project happening, after seeing first hand how little some of the kids there have, and how much the kids in western society throw out at end of school year. And I am hoping that there are other cruisers out there willing to participate.
We will collect good used pens/ pencils books etc. and send them to Noel and Rose Hudson in Liapari, a beautiful place near Ghizo, Solomon Islands. Noel and Rose run a great operation for visiting yachts in Liapari and have helped tremendously with this project.
Yachts who transit this area can take from Noel and Rose whatever they feel able to distribute to the places they visit. Just a single colouring pencil or book will often get you a papaya and a smile you won't forget! This, with your help, will promote relations with yachts passing through, as well as help these kids, and is the best form of recycling!
A special mention to noonsite, for helping me get the word out about this project, to Noel and Rose who donated the considerable first freight cost and will hold the supplies for the project, and to the kids and staff of Mundaring Christian College WA, who have started the collection process.
If you are heading to this part of the South Pacific and are willing to participate, or drop small boxes to Noel for others to distribute, or just would like some more information, please e-mail me.
Graeme, Connie, Trouble and Strife (our dogs) - INTI crew.