Thanks guys-"we" in this case being the company I work for, and yes, we will be helping out a little! Its a new school-only opened this year. Government school-which means the goverment employs the teachers, but so far has provided nothing else. No books, no buildings, no nothing. They have no water supply-I was there today for the end of school assembly, and one of the repeated messages to the kids was that they need to bring water and lunch to school. So they are asking that we put in a rainwater tank and some guttering. They want some desks-or some wood with which they can make some desks. And some ply and black paint to make blackboards.
Transport and import duty is always the problem with getting donated stuff up here from Oz. And sometimes distribution,(although in this case that's taken care of). Rick what sort of books do you have?-suitable for primary school kids? I am about to bring a new employee up here from Cairns. We allow a 20' container of personal effects. When we came up here we only 3/4 filled the container with our own stuff, so we packed the remainder out with books and clothes donated by a local church group, and we've been distributing that to some local churches and schools as we get to know who's who. Maybe if we could get your books up to Cairns our new employee could include them with his own stuff.
Here are some ore photos of the school. 180 kids, 4 teachers. pretty basic.http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.223834661064818.45599.100003148587462&type= 1&l=406283d1a0