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Delivering School books to Vanuatu

By Sue Richards last modified Jul 13, 2010 06:33 PM

Published: 2010-07-13 18:33:23
Countries: Vanuatu

Whilst in Vanuatu several of the World ARC boats have managed to assist Project VEO- an international charitable organisation that aims to send school books and educational materials to the schools of Vanuatu. The project founder, Rowena Baines, is based in New Zealand and having realised the opportunity to make improvement in the schools in Vanuatu organised sailing yachts to help deliver the goods from New Zealand to Vanuatu.

Several World ARC boats picked up boxes of books and equipment from their last stopover in Musket Cove Resort in Fiji, to transport them to Vanuatu. Some of the boxes are for the fleet’s first stop in Vanuatu, on the island of Tanna, whilst others will be delivered to schools on the island of Efate.

World ARC Event Manager, Paul Tetlow, travelled from Port Resolution to Tafea Secondary School to handover the first package of books. The school’s principal, Gideon George thanked Project VEO and the yachtsmen who were delivering the books for the additional teaching resources.

Project VEO (Vanuatu Educational Outreach) was conceived by Rowena Baines following her own year long exploration of the Pacific. She says she felt a particular connection to Vanuatu and ended up staying there for 4 months. The idea of helping schools began after visiting one of the schools in the Port Resolution area where the World ARC fleet make landfall in Vanuatu. So far Project VEO has dispatched 50 boxes of school books, through the help of cruising sailors like those on World ARC, and aims to develop this into continuous support.

To know more about the project visit the Project VEO website.