Book/Stationery support initiative by a USP staff member to help those in need
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Kunal Singh donating books and stationary to the students
As the regions battle against the COVID-19 Pandemic, many individuals and organisations are coming forward to help those affected.
A Teaching Assistant at the School of Geography at USP, Kunal Singh, came up with an initiative to donate books and stationery to needy families in Fiji.
Kunal heads a group at USP called the Chemical Society of the South Pacific which focuses on science education in the region.
“I had initially started the stationery drive with the support of the society members, and it has expanded since then. I have received assistance from fellow colleagues, friends and family,” he said.
“It was a One Book and One Pen drive where we asked the public to give a book and pen to help the children of Fiji. We get the books into packs, together with basic stationery and give it to those who are in need.”
To date, this group from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment
(FSTE) have donated books and stationery to 85 families. They go the extra mile to deliver the packages if parents and children are unable to pick it up from a designated location.
The group helps two-children per family to reach as many families as possible. They plan to continue with this initiative as it is making a difference in the lives of parents.
Kunal said the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused a lot of disruption to people, with many having lost their jobs with no support; the reason he has decided to make a change through his group.
“I have seen many people starting to donate after seeing my posts on social media. This small initiative makes a difference in people’s life,” he said.
He wants people to work together to get Fiji on a speedy path to economic recovery. He said Fiji has to look at how it can encourage investment and how it can keep small and micro businesses in operation.
Kunal has targeted people living on or below the poverty line in the country and urges children and parents to come forward if they are facing difficulties.
In future, he is planning to work with UNICEF to promote awareness of such initiatives.
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