Loloma and Volcom Bring Backpacks to Fiji

This time of year our young people turn their thoughts back to the classroom. Whether it is stocking up on pencils and notebooks or preparing for those long nights of study. The kids in Fiji went through this transition in January— (their kidClassroomschool year and seasons are almost exactly opposite of North America).

But when you live in a small village in Fiji it’s not quiet as easy coming up with school supplies by running to the nearest Staples are Target as it is in the U.S.

For close to ten years Loloma has helped with this dilemma by distributing backpacks filled with supplies to several areas in Fiji.

2014 was very special because we had a very special donation from Volcom of their high quality backpacks. Volcom has partnered with Loloma Foundation for the last couple of years sponsoring “One Light per Bure” and filling Fiji backpacks. They have been very generous donors to our programs. This year the effort took place on two fronts:

Volunteers working on the Taveuni Hospital renovation project distributed 1,300 backpacks donated from Volcom, filled with school supplies to rural school children on Taveuni and Qamea Island. Dedicated volunteers Sue Werner, Suzie Hill, Sandy & Casey De Young battled the heat to unpack, sort, fill with supplies and distribute these treasured items.

On the othNavutu Backpack3er side of the country in the Yasawa Islands our medical teams distributed an additional 800 Loloma backpacks. Volunteer Maria Sykes describes her experience.

Passing out the backpacks before the clinic at every village was my absolute favorite part of each day. They were filled with pencils, erasers and notepads.  Just seeing the bright white smiles of all the kids was heart warming and enlightening. It was a very humbling experience. I felt their energy and contagious love for life.” 

Vinaka Vaka Levu to Volcom and the dozens of volunteers that were a part of the 2014 backpack campaign.





About Author: Bob Sykes

Bob Sykes is a founding board member, Treasurer, and Logistics Coordinator for the Loloma Foundation's medical and educational missions, and he also manages the Foundation’s website and public relations activities.