We are the Vava’u Public Library. A small community library situated on a tiny island in the South Pacific called Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga.
We have been established since 1983 and are the longest running non-government, non-church organization in Vava’u and until this year, we were the only public library in all of Tonga.
In 2019 the library underwent a full renovation into a Children’s library. The library provides after school activities such as tutoring, art classes, traditional dance classes and we have a popular structured Saturday program that includes drama, reading, arts and games.
The library also provides school scholarships to children in need who meet our academic requirements. School fees are paid by the children’s families. Some children do not get to go to school because their parents can not afford the fees.
We have one full time librarian who is supported by a dedicated group of local volunteers.
The library has been wholly supported by our annual fundraising activities and private donations from the tourist and the local business community however, due to COVID-19, our tiny island chain has been closed to visitors and will remain closed to visitors until 2022. This has had a devastating impact on our local community as well as our ability to raise funds to continue the library program.
We are trying to raise $6,400USD to cover the daily operating expenses of the library.
$4,175USD for librarian wages (yes..that is a year's salary after we give our librarian a raise)
$1,050USD for utlilities
$650USD for a new laptop
$525USD for a library software program
The library is also in desperate need of new books. Any additional monies raised over operating costs will be used
to buy and ship desperately needed brand new books and provide scholarship funds to those in need.
This video was made for our last fundraising year we had in 2019.