USP Emalus Campus students during the Tropical Cyclone Winston Appeal in Vanuatu.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus in Port Vila Vanuatu has assisted two primary schools in Fiji as part of their recovery programmes following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston earlier this year.
The schools, which received the financial assistance are Malake Village School, located on Malake Island and Vunikavikaloa Arya School in the interior of Rakiraki.
According to the Emalus Winston Relief Appeal Committee that spearheaded the fund raising drive in Vanuatu, the fundraiser collected a total of FJ$16,088.71. USP’s regional centres in the provinces of Torba, Sanma, Malampa and Tafea in Vanuatu had also contributed to the funds.
The donation has reached the two identified schools and is being put to good use by the school authorities.
The Emalus Winston Relief Appeal was done through a wheelbarrow drive in Port Vila and Santo sub-centre, donation box, individual Campus staff and student donations, food sales among others.
The Emalus Winston Relief Appeal Committee worked closely with authorities and individuals in Suva to identify and ensure that the funds reached the primary schools to assist with their recovery plans.
According to USP Emalus Campus Director, Mr Ruben Markward, the Emalus Winston Relief Appeal Committee decided that the funds would be shared evenly between the two primary schools.
“I would like to thank the staff, students, the general public, individuals and others who have assisted and contributed to the success of the appeal. Your efforts will surely provide the students of the two primary schools in Fiji, a better learning environment until new facilities become available,” he added.
Head Teacher of Vunikavikaloa Primary School, Mr Asish Prasad revealed one tent holds close to 90 students, which was a health risk. The funds will assist in this area.
Vunikavikaloa Arya Primary School has a total of 237 students with classes from Year 1 to 8 and Malake Village Primary School has a total of 109 students from Year 1 to 8.
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