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Heart2Heart Project, Viwa Island , Fiji

Chroma supported Heart2Heart project Sydney in helping the school children of Viwa Island, Fiji .This project has donated school supplies such as books and art materials which these Fijian children would otherwise go without.

The tiny island community of Viwa is approximately 48 nautical miles northwest of Denarau. It is the most western island located at the bottom of the Yasawa Group. Viwa Island has two small village communities and their children attend tiny schools in these two communities.

The main school on Viwa Island educates 66 primary school student from Kindergarten through to Year 6. On the other side of the island, there is a tiny remote school with 6 kindergarten children only. These isolated schools provide their children with the opportunity to obtain an education whilst living on their unique remote island home, four hours by boat from the mainland.

Michele Darmanian and her husband, Grant visited Viwa Island for the time in November last year (2011). Independently, they committed to their project to help these children believing it absolutely essential for the them to have access to quality reading books and materials. Theirs was a small idea to help improve the children's education which the islanders would not be able to afford themselves; these resources assist remarkably with English, reading and writing and visual thinking skills which in turn ultimately assist these children to continue in higher education or employment opportunities once they finish their schooling.

Prior to Christmas 2011 two boxes of books were sent to the school children. The school teachers and students were absolutely delighted to receive the 130 second-hand reading books provided by Heart2Heart. Mr John Borghetti, CEO and Manager Director and Ms Melanie Huxham, Corporate Communications Operations Team, from Virgin Australia respnded to Michele's request in this extraordinary way.

On the 8 August 2012, the second shipment left Sydney amidst much excitement.All donations, including 32 boxes of paint, each containing 2 litres,as well as brushes , were transported to Viwa Island by Virgin Australia.There were many logistical hoops through which the Darmanians and their precious donated cargo needed to pass on the way to Viwa Island. However all was received after a lengthy journey. As Michele writes,

 “YES, we did it and it would have not been possible if it wasn't for your spirit of generosity with helping us to safely getting everything to Fiji .

Our words will never express our sincere gratitude for your gesture of goodwill towards to the school children of Viwa Island .”

To view more photos, make a donation or read more about the project check out the Facebook page below,