March - May 2015
FAIR supporters have made a difference to the school libraries of Vanuatu.
On 13 March 2015 Cyclone Pam roared across the islands of the Republic of Vanuatu in the South Pacific causing major devastation and displacement.
Though the National Library and Archives were little damaged, many school libraries were destroyed by the storm to the detriment of students across the archipelago.
We saw coverage on the evening news bulletins of the terrible cost of the storm and even some footage of people trying salvage wet library books by drying them in the sun.
We contacted June Bela Naviti Vanuatu, Chief Librarian of the National Library and Archives (Facebook), to see how we could help and she asked for support to help replenish the collections in school libraries.
We rallied our generous FAIR supporters asking for donations and then the American Library Association also joined us to collect funds.
From March to May, around $4000 was raised to purchase the books and in August the books were delivered to the capital of the archipeligo, Port Vila.
In an email sent to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), June Bela Naviti Vanuatu, Chief Librarian of the National Library and Archives, said: 'Our schools will be truly blessed to receive these books.'
The photo is of our books arriving and they will be distributed by the National Library and Archives to the islands' schools.
Well done FAIR supporters.