The Solomon Islands Literacy League is committed to bringing books and learning material to communities throughout the Solomon Islands. With limited public reading facilities and reading material often not present in the home, it is no surprise that literacy rates in Solomon Islands are thought to be under 20 percent.
Outside the capital of Honiara, books and magazines become even more scarce, with newspapers being treasured items no matter how many weeks old they may be.
Their ambitious new project is to build and stock libraries right across Solomon Islands. Making literature available to all is no small task for a population geographically spread over more than 900 islands.
Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction (‘How-To Books’, Biographies, Books to Inspire, Educate, Open Minds, Help with Enterprise Development, etc.), Children’s Storybooks, Early Childhood Development, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction
(Current) Atlases, Dictionaries, (Current) Encyclopedias, and Thesaurus
Ballpoint Pens, Book Pockets for Date Issued Cards, Clear Packing Tape, Clear Sellotape, Date Issued Cards, Date Stamp and Inkpad, Due-Date Slip (to remind readers when to return books), Erasers, Paper-Cutting Knife, Plastic Covers for Books, Retractable Pencils, Ruler, and Scissors
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.