Tanglin Trust School
The first donor school to contribute used library books to Book Reach was the Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. In July 2013, Tanglin’s head librarian, Jacqueline Makselon, offered to support the charity with an initial consignment of carefully selected ‘readers’ and course books from its Infant and Junior libraries.
Jacqueline Makselon, Ben Farr and Celeste Fisher have all now left Tanglin. It was good to meet Kimberley Beeman, Michael Kelly and Janine Murphy have all entered into the spirit of Book Reach. Shueu Mui Yap and the team of Librarians in the Primary Library continue to be our loyal supporters.
It is with sadness that Book Reach said goodbye to Tanglin’s CEO, Peter Derby Crook. Peter has been a staunch supporter of our work in Nepal. Being from a third generation Tanglin family myself, I will miss him and my annual dose of advice and encouragement.
Angela Wheaton (Charities executive of Tanglin Trust) has arranged for a small group of senior students to go to Hetauda for a short visit in 2019. They will work in two of the schools that have received books from Book Reach.
St Joseph’s International School
Mr Kevin Hannah has taken a personal interest in supporting Book Reach. This year the school has generously donated funds from one of their charity functions. Over and above all the donated books, this is much appreciated. And thank you Siti for understanding so well the needs of our Nepali students.
The United World College of South-East Asia (East Campus) Barbara Reid introduced Doreen and Book Reach to the International School Library Network. This organization agreed to support us with freight charges in 2015 and in 2017. In 2016 they provided the Singapore donor schools with strong boxes for packing the books. I am very grateful to the ISLN for their support in these practical ways and especially to Barbara for this introduction and her continued help.
Chatsworth International School In 2016, Elaine Fong, Head of Library, kindly donated 8 boxes of discarded Infant and Junior library books.
Kate Brundage of The Singapore American School has supported Book Reach in 2016/17. This school has many other beneficiary programmes but Kate still takes the time to understand the needs of our Nepali students and to put aside the books for us.
The Canadian School
2017 – This year Lisa Miller of the Canadian School has offered to organise the collection of all donated boxes in the Canadian School. This helps with the cost of the freight. I am very grateful to the ISLN for suggesting this and making it possible. It was a pleasure to meet Melissa Copper this year. Apart from firming up on the time of collecting the boxes in September, as President of ISLN, Melissa will be able to keep the needs of Book Reach in the minds and consideration of the members.
Australian International School
It was a pleasure to meet Linda Twitchett for the first time. She will consider the needs of our students in Nepal as she weeds their Primary library.
Integrated Forwarding Services
Over the last 2 years, Michael Kwei of WWW Cargo Pte Ltd has given prompt and efficient service in the pick up and freight. Thank you Michael.