KULI LIBRARY PROJECT
Kuli Library Setup and Launch
25 October - 6 November 2014
The two former classrrooms set aside for the library were almost completely renovated upon Betty-Ann's arrival at the Kuli Catholic Mission on 25th October 2014. The louvre windows were yet to be cleaned and the frames painted. The shelving had all been completed by the Technical Vocational Training (TVET) boys and their Teacher over the preceeding two months, and they had also been responsible for the upgrade of the rooms. One room was assigned as the Junior Library to be used by the local Elementary and Primary Schools, and the other the Senior Library for more advanced students and the TVET centre. The photos tell the rest of the story.
This project has come to fruition within a year of the commencement of searching for donated books back in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Library Training Commences
13 October 2014
Theresia Kau has returned to her homeland with a container load of books as she had always dreamed. Her work as a lecturer in tourism at Goroko University has taken much of her time, and has meant the library project has been put on hold. However, a library training course is to be held at the village this week for teachers and others interested in helping to set up the library destined for the education of the local children. This training is being offered by Goroko University as an outreach course to its peoples.
On another note, Betty-Ann Kamp is to go over to Papua New Guinea next week to offer support in setting up the library and to see it running. It will be an interesting two weeks for her to work alongside Theresia and the villagers in this fabulous project as it comes to fruition.
Watch this space for more news as it happens!
Books arrive in the Highlands
30 June 2014
With the kind support of Mapai Transport Ltd, the books were taken by truck, within a few days of the ship arriving in the Port of Lae, up to the Highlands. There it was met by a group of villagers who unloaded the container directly on to their trucks and vehicles and transported to the Kuli Mission.
The books are now in safe storage at the Holy Rosary Parish School. Once all is ready, the books will be shelved into the newly refurbished library adjacent to the church.
Container clears customs in Lae PNG
24 June 2014
The Ngankin arrived in the port of Lae in Papua New Guinea on Monday. Theresia was there to meet the ship, along with a support group from the Highlands. Many forms have had to be filled in, and word was received today that clearance has been given for the container's release.
Mapai Transport Ltd has been handling the brokerage. We are grateful to Mapai transport Ltd for offering to transport the container in the coming days up to its Mt Hagen warehouse where the village community will help to unload the container.
The Ngankin docks at the Port of Tauranaga
15 June 2014
The 185m long cargo ship, Ngankin, which will be taking our container up to Lae PNG, arrived in the Port of Tauranga at 5 pm today. Its onboard cranes will be loading containers from the wharf over night.
We thank Ian Lloyd for sending through the photos of the ship arriving and docking at the port.
The container has gone!
10 June 2014
This morning Theresia and I got up early to see the container off... but when we got there (within seconds of each other), it was gone! Just a lone traffic cone in the rain. We stood there and laughed... especially after all our efforts to get there in time as we thought it was being picked up at 6.30 am. So in our bedraggled state we went into town to celebrate over breakfast at Momento.
The container is now on its way to the Port of Tauranga.
The container is delivered and packed
8 June 2014
It was happy day when the container finally arrived at the University of Waikato Student Centre where we have been keeping our books in storage in the lower basement of the Library. Our team of volunteers made quick work of moving the 312 boxes of books from the storage area into a small truck to take it up to where the container was parked. By lunchtime the job was complete. There are over 22,000 books now in the container ready to be shipped later in the coming week. A third of the books will used to set up two libraries (a Junior and a Senior library), another third will be used as teaching resources (many class sets of texts and vocational training resources), and the last third is made up of reading resources especially for early readers (and about 7000 school journals). Much of the latter will be distributed to the small village schools located further up the valley.
Soccer Balls received from HUFC
2 June 2014
The Hillcrest United Fotball Club kindly donated 35 soccer balls to the Kuli Library Project during the week. These balls along with 7 ballpumps will be distributed to the village schools in the valley along with the books. It is very exciting to be able to supply much loved soccer balls to the children at these schools. We thank the Club very much for its generosity.
Theresia's dream coming to fruition
1 June 2014
Theresia's Master's Thesis was submitted for examination at the University of Waikato on Friday 30th May, following a dedicated effort to complete it. This now means the project is quickly coming to an end with a container ordered for delivery to the University on Friday 6th June 2014. It will be packed with some 300 banana boxes of books and other library equipment with the help of student volunteers, over the weekend. The container will be delivered to the Port of Tauranga the following week and will be leave for PNG by 12th June.
The committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank the MANY people who have given their time, books for collection, or funds towards this cause. Without your generous support, a project such as this could not be completed. The people of the Highlands will be forever grateful.
Messages from PNG
18 May 2014
Malcolm Pang (engineer) writes....Thanks Theresia, this is really awesome. I went through site and couldn't believe the efforts and assistance offered by the community in NZ. You have taken a great challenge, showed real courage and leadership in organising and getting communities in NZ to assist. I'm truely blessed by all your efforts and especially your dream and desire to help our locals students back at home. Our thanks and regards to all the communities and individuals who contribute one way or another. Thanks also to the truck oweners for delivery. We all appreciate you all from the depts of our hearts and may God bless you all.
Mona Tanguna (jounalist) writes.....You certainly will make a diffference in our community..a need that has been overlooked by the education sector as well as our leaders! Congratulations Theresia, you are making a difference!! PNG and Jiwaka need more of Thersias who will see the need in the community and rise up to the occassion! To all the people in NZ who have helped, may you extend our gratitude to them and may they be blessed. Great effort and God bless you too!
Kuli Mission prepares for Library
5 May 2014
We have received information from the Holy Rosary Parish that a Library Committee has been set up. The two former classrooms which have been allocated for the library, are to be refurbished with shelves and library furniture, in preparation for receiving the books.
Thank you to SHGC Yr 12 girls
17 April 2014
It was wonderful that the group of Sacred Heart Girls College Yr 12 girls who had come in over their lunch hours and before school to card books, had completed all the books for the Junior Library before Easter. The books were duly boxed up and delivered to the University Library for storage - another 20 boxes ready for shipment. We are very appreciative of the work this dedicated group of girls has done.
Hamilton Rotary Club's donation of Books
13 April 2014
Following a weekend sale of used books at the annual Hamilton Rotary Club's Charity Book Fair, the committee was invited to come on the Sunday afternoon to select from the leftover books any that would be suitable for our project. It was fabulous to have such a resource available to us and we were able to fill another 29 boxes, mainly of children's books and early readers. We are extremely grateful to Rotarian Graeme Stubbs, our liaison person for faciltiating this, and thank the Rotary Club of Fairfield for its generosity.
Books moved into storage
10 April 2014
The day turned out to be rather wet which didn't bode well for the transferring of books from Templeview to our storage area at the University of Waikato. After a quick look at the rain radar app, we decided the rain would pass shortly so gave Ken at Church College the go ahead to truck the books over. (Thanks so much, Ken) Meanwhile we began transfering books from Betty-Ann's place. In total 206 banana boxes were placed into storage within one hour with the help of nine strong students from WaiCath Volunteer Group. We thank Fr Andrew Parish for co-ordinating this awesome team.
Church College books to be moved
6th April 2014
The pending move of some 6000 books from Church College this week, will be the culmination of the all the work the volunteers and the committee have done in preparing the books for shipment. The banana boxes of books have been stickered with a list of their contents and will now be transported with the kind help of Ken Williams and his truck to our storage area at the University of Waikato, This is an exciting development for the committee and represents a big step forward.
Sacred Heart Girls volunteer to card books
14 March 2014
An enthusiastic group of 10 girls from Sacred Heart Girls College have offered to work on the carding of books during their lunch hours. Boxes of sorted books have been left at the College library so that the girls have access to them each day to begin the job of pasting in the date due slips and pockets into the back of the books and to write out the book's cataloguing details on the card. It is great to have these girls on board and we thank DP Tara Kanji and the librarian Jane Thorrold for their support.
Youth group help out at Church College
5 March 2014
A youth group from the Cowley Ward offered their services on Wednesday night for two hours to help with the writing up of library cards which were then placed in pockets in the back of books. Teams were set up which each person having a specific job to do from pasting in the pocket and date due slips, writing the cards and then checking each book before it was packed. In total some 400 books were completed - a great effort! A BIG thank you to the group.
The 25th March was the youth group's third evening to help card books, and their final one as they had powered through, carding the last of some 2000 books. We are enormously grateful for their service towards our project beacuse it will mean that the library can be set up and running more immediately to benefit the children in the Kuli District.
It has been fun working together with this enuthsiastic team.
Placing pockets in books begins!
4 March 2014
For the past two afternoons, Nikita and Aisheca have started pasting pockets and due date slips in the inside back covers of the books for the Junior Library. Cards are being written up at the same time. It has been great to have these two girls help begin this part of the project. Thank you girls for your efficient helpfulness.
Marian School Support
27 February 2014
Barb Brown, the Marian Catholic School librarian kindly invited us to visit her library late last week. It is a wonderful place for young children to go to sit and listen to stories or to browse the shelves for books. Barb gave Theresia and Betty-Ann some great ideas of how to set up a similar library back in Papua New Guinea. The systems which will need to be used are of a manual nature using cards set in pockets on the inside back cover of books. These will then need to be filled out by the borrower and kept at the library until the book is returned - just like in the good old days! It would be too huge a task to set up an electronic library system, especially as expensive technologies and complex computer filing would be required. Thank you Barb for giving us some important insights into librarianship.
22 February 2014
Cataloguing the numerous books coming in has become a priority, so over the weekend, Yvonne and daughter Courtney came down from Auckland to help. With Yvonne's librarian experience in schools, we were able to scan all the books to locate their Dewey library number, and then print them out onto a sticky label sheets. These were then placed on the spines of over 350 books! A big task - we are very grateful for their help. Fortunately many of the books we have received come from school libraries where the books have already been classified, which is wonderful!
Support from the Village
10 February 2014
This is a very positive message received by Theresia from FRED ANIS, a friend back in her home village:
" Theresia you have done a very excellent and commenadable job. You have not only contributed to human resource development of kuli pen but to PNG at large. As a kuli pen youngster I salute you. May you reap from the seeds you are showing through your children. Our society needs well~informed communities so that our young ones will be able to make informed decisions based on a strong foundational knowledge background. A firm foundational knowledge is what our communities lack and you have done well by providing the resources required to set our children on~course. We pray the books reach our shores safely.
Well done. "
Technical Resources from Faser High
27 January 2014
Fraser High School Technology Teacher kindly donated class sets of books to be used by the Vocational Training students at the Holy Rosary Parish in the Kuli area. Some 800 books, explaining technical and woodworking skills were collected and boxed by our team of three over one day. It has been a tremendous boost to our project.
Sponsorship from Mapai Transport PNG
15 January 2014
Today we received a notice of sponsorship from Mapai Transport company which operates out of the port of Lae in Papua New Guinea. This has ensured the viablility our project, for which we are very grateful to Jacob Luke, the Managing Director of the company. His email read as follows:
"We will freight the 20ft container to Hagen at no cost to you or the organizing committee under our logo Spirit to Serve. Our past, current and ongoing projects under this arrangement are on our website. We also have a Customs and Forwarding service should you elect to use us.
We await your advice on ETA at the Lae wharf.
Gift of Books from Church College Library
12 December 2013
The Church College of New Zealand in Templeview, Hamilton, and its library closed in 2009. In 2011 the library books were relocated to several former classrooms at the college for safe keeping. Through a series of happy circumstances, we learnt of this situation and made contact. We are indebted to Ken Williams, the administrator at the Church of the Latter Day Saints for giving us access to this broad collection of books and other teaching resources.
A PARTNERSHIP PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN IN PNG
About me ....
"My name is Theresia Wome Kau. I have been a student at The University of Waikato since 2011 under the NZ Aid Scholarship Scheme. This year I am completing my Master's thesis in Tourism and Hospitality Management and will return to Papua New Guinea to continue my vocation as an educator of young people."
"On the completion of my thesis, I wish to return to my home village in the Highlands of PNG with a container load of books."
The Team ...
"The four dedicated women on the committee have given me much hope in realising my dream. I am so grateful to them for initiating the process, and hopefully, while they are working on the project, I can finish the writing up of my thesis."