Fiji Read Project 2011
Rapicker.org is pleased to present our FIRST Ragpicker project. We are so proud to be part of this meaningful project and hope you will find it worthy of your effort or donation.
Take a group of 20 volunteers to Vanua Levu, Fiji, June 12-26th, 2011 in an effort to renovate and paint all classrooms and extend a classroom at Vuya District School and turn it into a functioning library with a couple of computers and donations of 3000 books for grades K-8 in English. We will be raising $10,000 for supplies, materials and sanitation systems (we will also be putting sanitation systems in Vuya Village). This village was the latest victim of typhoid fever. We are also working with Municipal Government on various other projects. Drawing an awareness of how citizens of all countries need each other through practical service projects.
Why Vuya District School?
Elizabeth Jarema, a registered Ragpicker at Ragpicker.org is the project manager and is the coordinator for a service expedition to Fiji, where Liz grew up. Liz attended Vuya District School as a child and would like to improve the literacy rate of today’s students by building a library. The school has approximately 500 students and only one dictionary. The current library at the schools contains only a small selection of EXTEREMLY WORN books (see pics below).
How YOU can help:
We need cash, books and volunteers who are handy with tools and “fix-it” jobs.
3 Easy Ways You Can Help
1. Make a simple tax deductible donation in any amount of your choice. (*Special thanks to UVU for their generous grant which has made this project possible).
2. Send books or start a book-drive with your friends, neighbors, work, church or scout group. We have a company who will ship the books for free to Fiji after we have collected them in Utah. Please send books to Ragpicker Headquarters: 45 East 200 North, Alpine UT, 84004. (All books have been donated we exceeded our goal thanks to Jason Meyer and his team at Thriftbooks.com…THANK YOU!)
3. Volunteer to come and join us on the service expedition! The cost for flight, food and accommodations is approximately $1,900 per volunteer. (*Over 20 volunteers have been selected thanks to the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at UVU. A very warm sincere thank you to the volunteers and UVU www.uvu.edu/volunteer).