Furniture and books kindly donated by Sydney Catholic schools have helped enhance the learning experience for Lasallian students and trainee teachers in Port Moresby.
One 40 foot shipping container and one 20 foot container have arrived in the PNG capital over recent months.
Lasallian Mission Council Operations Manager Julie Alibrandi developed the idea of a book and furniture drive last year and coordinated a highly effective campaign which led to generous donations from 11 primary and secondary schools.
Br Alphonso Zoanetti from the De La Salle Brothers community at Bomana has begun coordinating the distribution of the resources to PNG schools and teachers colleges.
Tables and chairs from Sydney schools have been welcomed in the library at De La Salle Bomana Secondary School and around the dining room at the Sacred Heart Teachers College in Port Moresby.
Around eight classrooms of furniture and at least 150 boxes of reading resources have been shipped to PNG as a result of donations from Sydney.
Special thanks to All Saints College Liverpool and St Christopher's Primary School in Panania which both contributed substantial donations of classroom furniture for our project.
We are also most grateful to staff and students from St Michael's at Belfield, St Mark's School in Drummoyne, St Therese's School in Denistone, St Brigid's School in Marrickville, All Hallows School at Five Dock, Villa Maria School in Hunters Hill, St Ambrose's School in West Concord, Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Gladesville and St Therese's School in Lakemba.
The donations will greatly enhance the teaching and learning experience across a number of Lasallian schools and teachers colleges in Australia's closest neighbour.