Spreading the joy in children's ward

A novel idea to set up a “cupboard” library in the Children’s Ward of the Hela Provincial Hospital has kicked off with the lending of books to children who are admitted there.

The library is equipped with over 250 books for children. The books are varied from board/picture books for 3- 6 year old children, to junior novels, general readers and reference and non-fiction books.

All of the books were donated by Oil Search employees during a 2016 book drive as well as from partner organisation, Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP).

Oil Search Foundation (OSF) executive director, Stephanie Copus-Campbell, saw the need for a library in the Children’s Ward to give young patients an opportunity to read and explore the fun of storytelling through books.

The books help distract the children from their illnesses and discomfort. On discharge from the ward, each child is given a book of their choice to take home to encourage them to continue to read.

With support from the Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Sr. Freda Makanda, the library project operates Monday to Friday every week. OSF staff member, Margaret spends an hour each day lending books to the young patients as well as reading with children in the ward. Margaret also provides paper and colouring pencils for children to write or draw.

This small library initiative shows the benefits of partners working together for the community.

Staff, parents and children are all very pleased with the library, and the books are helping to bring a little joy to the children during their stay in hospital.

(OSF Staff Margaret spends an hour each day lending books or reading with or to interested children in the ward)

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