Stories from Vanuatu
Harvey’s principal librarian Ruth Campbell-Hicks has returned from a holiday with a difference, and will be sharing her stories in two presentations at the library this week.
Mrs Campbell-Hicks has returned from a volunteer trip to Vanuatu, a place she called the “land of welcomes”, where she took part in the The Library Project Vanuatu.
“I called it the land of welcomes because from the moment we stepped off the plane we were welcomed everywhere we went with a flower lei and a kiss on each cheek,” she said.
Mrs Campbell-Hicks and other volunteers travelled to villages in the country’s Santo Island to install small libraries in schools, churches and community clubs.
“It was an intense and humbling experience,” she said.
The project is aimed at providing the tools for people to improve literacy, which in turn improves outcomes across all other sectors.
Vanuatu is a particular focus of the project because the country has one of the world’s lowest literacy levels.
“It was so rewarding to be able to give people something as special as books,” she said.
Mrs Campbell-Hicks will hold a talk about “the land of welcomes” on Thursday at 12pm and again at 5.30pm at the Harvey Library.
For more details contact the library on 9729 0390.
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