Lendlease helps write a new chapter for communities in need
Creating literacy and numeracy opportunities for communities in need, Lendlease staff and local community partner, The Library Project, took part in the special community volunteering day at Mt Cotton where they sorted, labelled and packed books for remote villages in Vanuatu.
The Library Project has partnered with Lendlease Shoreline to help build 13 new school libraries in remote villages in Vanuatu. The vision is to see a well-resourced library installed in every school in the country.
Vanuatu is towards the bottom of the list for South Pacific countries for literacy and numeracy. The lack of educational resources is one of the key reasons for this ranking. The installation of libraries in Vanuatu can help to raise the standard of literacy and numeracy and in turn provide new opportunities for the children, widening their future prospects.
The Library Project Founder Neale Collier said the special community day event saw hundreds of books packed for children in Vanuatu communities, who have little to no access to a school library.
“Since establishing The Library Project eight years ago, more than 2,000 students now have access to a variety of books, dramatically improving their numerous and literacy and opening doors for their future.
“We have had tremendous support this year from Lendlease and the Redland Coast community. In Vanuatu, children have little to no access to books. We are providing a lifeline, that will improve their learning outcomes and open their eyes to a world of reading.”
In its 27th year, Community Day enables Lendlease employees to work alongside their colleagues, community partners, families and suppliers to make a contribution to important community issues.