Photo: From Left to Right: Dorothy Koch (Public Relations and fundraising Manger, Buk Bilong Pikinini) Ryan Pini (Corporate Development Manager, Theodist Limited) Shaun Pini (Purchasing Manager, Theodist Limited)
Buk bilong Pikinini (Tok pisin for “Childrens Books”) An independent charity based in Port Moresby was given a boost from Theodist with a generous donation of K50, 000 to help support the charity’s operations in the country.
Theodist is Papua New Guinea’s largest office products and equipment retailer and as a Gold Sponsor of the charity, the company has been supporting Buk bilong Pikinini since 2014 as it recognizes that this is part of a collective effort in combatting illiteracy in Papua New Guinea.
Theodist’s Corporate Development Manager, Ryan Pini said “Like Buk Bilong pikinini, Theodist acknowledges the value of early childhood education and understands that an investment in our children is an investment in the future of Papua New Guinea”.
The partnership has also seen Theodist hosting Buk bilong Pikinini’s reading corner and book shop inside their Waigani shop, where all proceeds from the sale of the books from the book shop go towards supporting the organization’s sustainability.
A presentation was held at the at the Theodist office to renew their annual sponsorship of K50,000 to Buk Bilong Pikinini to support the organization’s focus to alleviate literacy rates in PNG through the fostering of a culture of literacy and reading from early childhood.
During the presentation, Pini highlighted that “One of the pillars of our corporate social responsibility is to invest in organizations and programs that have a positive impact on our communities”.
“We hope this sponsorship will go a long way towards promoting early childhood education among our children, as well as improving access to education and literacy in Papua New Guinea”.
Founded and established in 2007, the buk bilong pikinini charity was created to provide vulnerable children with access to books and create a love of reading and learning in Papua New Guinea.