Books, resources sent

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Children attending kindergartens on a remote island in Vanuatu, will soon have new books and colourful resources thanks to the efforts of members of some South Island Inner Wheel clubs.
Club members from Nelson to Ashburton – District 297 – helped pack the resources they had collected when they attended a meeting in Ashburton this month.
In total they filled 13, 57 litre plastic boxes, four further boxes of preschool books, and another two large boxes of bigger items.
The goods will be shipped to Vanuatu in mid-July and will be distributed by the Pacific Pathways Trust.
The trust was established by Christchurch couple Sue and David Mitchell with the aim of empowering education in Pacific nations through the provision ofresources and support from New Zealand schools, businesses and organisations.
After consultation with education authorities, the trust decided to focus on Paama Island in the Malampa Province of Vanuatu, where all the early childhood education centres were damaged by Cyclone Pam in 2015. All needed to be rebuilt.
All the schools also suffered damage, although most was minor except for Luvil School in Lulep.
Pacific Pathways has rebuilt the primary school at Lulep and this year is planning on rebuilding the kindergartens at Liro, Vauleli and Vauteki.
Carol Haskett, of Ashburton, who has just finished aterm as president of the local club, has been installed as chairman of District 297 for the coming year.