Last Sunday Patrick and I were busy setting up the Children’s Reading Space. It was a dream come true. With the help of the Foundation of Education of Needy Children Fiji, we were able to take three boxes of books for pre-school and primary school aged children. We bought rugs and big cushions to create a space that was child friendly. It was silly of me not to take photos of the set up when we were done – at the afternoon tea we threw to thank everyone, the children had moved everything around and really made it theirs! And that made me so happy – that’s what it’s about, isn’t it? Children staking a claim on a space that has been set up for them.
You provide to the needs of the people and let them take ownership and perhaps that provides sustainability. On the day of the afternoon tea, a parent brought his four children to join the library, the family lives 3.5km for the town, and getting to the town can be difficult and costly but this parent said he wants to invest in his children’s education and encourage them to do things he never had the chance to do. We were so privileged to meet this family. Things like this makes everything worthwhile.
Thank you to my blog friends for all your beautiful comments. This partnership with the library is something that we’ve committed to supporting in numerous ways for the long-term and I’m so thankful that I can share it with you here.