Field Trip to Namammanuca School

Last year during a family holiday, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit a small school in Fiji at Namammanuca. We were amazed to see the great work that the teachers and staff were doing at the school given the very limited resources they had to work with. It was an inspiring experience, for both my wife and I, to see how these amazing people appreciate things that we tend to take for granted.

There are just six teachers to teach over 125 kids (including over 35 boarding students) in very basic classrooms. Children share text books and some of the class rooms don't even have electricity! The pre-school room is a shady area under a Frangipani Tree!

Our own kids were so moved by the experience that they raced back to the resort and insisted that we help these under-privileged Fijian children. They quickly came up with idea to donate their color pencils and coloring books which they had packed for our holiday. "Back home, we have heaps of these, Dad" my daughter said.

IMG_4183.JPGWhen we returned home, our children wanted to do more. We worked with the children and teachers of our childrens' school to collect all the "nearly new" pens, pencils, writing books and other stationery the students would normally throw away at the end of the school year.

Our staff at contributed their time to sort through and pack the donated items in to a couple of enormous crates and one of the mail companies we work with offered us a discount rate on freight charges. VetShopOnline paid all the additional freight and taxes and coordinated the collection and delivery.

We've heard from the Namammanuca school and the teachers and kids are delighted with our gifts.


I found the whole experience incredibly rewarding and humbling. I would particularly like to thank our team members, our own kids and the teachers and kids at our kids' school for their donations. Although the individual donations were very little in terms of time or monetary value, the total contribution was fabulous. Together we sent hundreds of pens, pencils, staplers, scissors, writing books, rulers and many kilograms of other "basic stationery" to a school that really needed it. And appreciated it.

If you think you might like to donate money or school supplies to the Namammanuca school, please register and drop a supportive comment and we will get in touch with you. And I'll pass on the details, or why not get together with your local school and do a similar thing for an under-privileged school you've heard about or come across in your travels? Feel free to share you experience.

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