The Government of Canada through World Vision funded the reprinting of 4,000 Nabanga Pikinini books to be distributed into all the schools damaged by cyclone Pam. Book were also handed over to the students at the Vanuatu Institute of Teachers Education by Kendra Derousseau from World Vision Port Vila.
To speed up delivery and avoid too many lost small packages of books Pauline Grindley teamed up with the National Library and Archives. They had been sent many boxes of books from Random House New Zealand and Kiwanis New Zealand. The Nabanga Pikinini books have been included in their boxes for shipping and deliveries are currently on the go.
Also in the boxes was chalk, crayons and pencil crayons donated by Rotary Club Kobe in Japan through Rotary Club Port Vila.
The first half of our deliveries were to East Efate and Emao island.
We arrived at the schools unannounced - Nelly was left to do the explaining and then smiles when the books were unpacked.
And a week later we headed off to the West side of Efate including deliveries to the islands of Lelepa, Moso, Nguna and Pele.
After lunch we had one more stop - we had not been able to find anyone at Malatia Primary - the school was closed because there was no water. Janet told us where to find the Principals home. We drove there only to frighten his small son who burst into tears - he was at home all alone. The neighbours came over and we explained our reason for being there, dropped off the books and gave a copy of Nabanga Pikinini to the now quiet little chap.