The National- Thursday, February 10, 2011
By YVONNE HAIP
FOUR schools in the Western Highlands’ Anglimp district received 75,000 reading books on the first day of the school.
Locally-based export company, Arabica Coffee Ltd, presented the books on Monday at the Avi Nazerene Primary School which were then distributed to Kuli and Kindeng primary schools and Anglimp High School.
Company owner Dr Larry Hull and wife Aarlie presented the books witnessed by students and parents who turned up for registration.
This was not the first time the company had come to the aid of the community.
Previously, it had established a health centre in Madan plantation and also built water wells for Avi and Kindeng primary schools and Anglimp High School.
Hull did not state how much the books were worth but said more than K100,000 had been spent on freight costs in transporting the books from the United States to Mt Hagen.
He said the books were gifts and asked the school to take ownership of them and use them as much as possible in order to increase the students’ skills and knowledge.
Avi Primary School head teacher John Kama said the library books would boost the students learning as they lacked fluent speaking, reading and writing skills, adding that it was a timely donation as the school year had just started and students in both the lower and upper primary would have access to better reading material.
School board chairman Peter Degene thanked the couple for the “wise incentives” and recognising the community’s need for health and education services.
He appealed to the local community to support and respect such company which provide employment and deliver much needed services.
Local businessman Elijah Hon, who has been donating 20 cartons of A4 paper each year to the school over the last two years, was also thanked for his contribution.
This is a pledged commitment that Hon said he would continue over the years through his company, Paradise Adventure Tours.