Uniforms in Vanuatu are a luxury item making it difficult for many of the parents to purchase a uniform for their children. In May, SHaRM foundation member Robin worked with PSW (a school and sports uniform manufacturer based in Melbourne, Australia) who donated their excess stock to SHaRM for distribution of school clothing items to the kids of Vanuatu.
This project is ongoing and included the distribution of uniforms to schools in the outer islands, a new uniform for 74 students at Amapelao School on Malo Island who have no uniform and a full uniform for the Ministry of Education Tennis Clinic for 100 junior members.
The donation of excess uniforms equates to approximately 30,000 items of school and sports uniforms, school bags and sunhats.
Transport of the items has been the challenge for SHaRM with some items being provided by some of the Air Vanuatu pilots coming back from Australia. We are now fundraising in order to pay for a shipping container to be sent from Australia to Port Vila.