Holy Cross Catholic School recently received a request for any books they could donate to the National Library in Kiribati. There is a huge shortage of books there.
About Kiribati: The Independent and Sovereign Republic of Kiribati sits over the equator halfway between Hawaii and Australia. It is one of the poorest and least developed countries on the planet.
New Zealand company McConnell Dowell Constructors is rebuilding the main road – a 27 kilometre lifeline. The Road is the centre of life in Kiribati. It is the critical link between villages, schools and hospitals for the Kiribati people. McConnell Dowell provides employment for more than 150 Kiribati people.
Almost half the country’s 106,000 population lives close together in Tarawa: 2,250 people per square kilometre. That’s similar to densely populated cities like New York. Diabetes, tuberculosis and leprosy are common due to their very poor conditions. Life is made more difficult at times like this as the country is left reeling from the effects of Cyclone Pam and coping with the heavy rain season as well.
Rebuilding infrastructure is one way to help. But we can also help in other ways too. Right now we can help by donating resources to the National Library. McConnell Dowell is organising a book drive in close association with the Kiribati National Library. McConnell Dowell has agreed to transport all of the books donated to Kiribati.
As our school Library Professional Learning Group of teachers has recently had a cull of library books we offered them to this project. We hope the children of Kiribati enjoy reading the stories and reference books as much as we have.