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Dear Fiji Kinde Friends,

Our ministry began in 2008 and with your support we have established 76 kindergartens providing an academic foundation to over 4800 children. We will continue education programs throughout Fiji by sending another team of Pepperdine students in February of 2013. The team will be staying at the Mission at Natuvu Creek on the island of Vanua Levu for in-service training for 30 teachers. In March 2013, we will be establishing 6 more kindes along the northern coast of Vanua Levu in a very remote area.

Fiji Kinde Project appreciates the partnerships of 3 resorts. They include Manativusi, Nukubati, and Tavarua.

LOVE Reusable Bags has also partnered with Fiji Kinde Project. They have created a design unique only to FKP and have designated a give back program. For every Gawaltney designed bag bought, LOVE reusable bags is donating a Stash It sack to the kinde children. Their generosity to Fiji Kinde Project has been vital to the success of the growth of the kindes. Click Here to order your reusable bag. They make a great stocking stuffer!

In your end of year giving, we ask that you remember FKP.

 

 

Click Here to Donate

A typical breakdown of costs include:

$50 pencils, scissors, construction paper, crayons

$100 Read and Share Bibles for children,Teacher’s NIV Bible, Children’s books, Games, Puzzles, Flash Cards, Toothbrushes, play dough ,gluesticks, paint, calendar kit,

$500 Teacher supplies and curriculum, visual schedules, song books, music supplies, alphabet stories, hand puppets, comprehensive curriculum of Basic skills , White board, Weather chart

$1250 an entire bag with all the supplies above plus alphabet and counting flash cards,Year round teacher’s lesson planner, math manipulatives, active play equipment, foam blocks, Classroom clock

 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ann and David Cooper

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2012 Newsletter

January 27, 2012 · 0 comments

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Dear Friends and Family!

Thank you sooooo very much for your words of encouragement, prayer, and financial support of me and the Fiji Kinde Project.  It was an amazing trip and I felt honored to be a part of it!!  We were there for only ten days but excited to see the many ways in which we were able to help train and equip the Fijian people who came to learn and make a difference in their country’s early childhood education.  They are such a lovely people with big hearts I couldn’t help but fall in love with them!  Their desire to educate and raise up their children for the next generation, as well as using their own gifts and talents in a meaningful and life-changing way was truly inspiring.

We had two different training sessions in two different locations while we were there.  The first village was called Nabila (pronounced Nambila).  We were hosted at a nearby resort (Tavarua) because they wanted to be part of giving back to the village that most of its employees come from.  Each day we would wear clothes respecting their culture (the Sulu and Sulu Chamba), take a 20 minute boat ride (small boat with outboard motor – waves often splashing us in the face – haha! : )  ) to the village school where there was a Kindergarten that had been established a year prior by Fiji Kinde Project and was up and running with the rest of the 1st-8th grade classrooms.  We demonstrated the lesson plans, music, p.e. games, reading, learning aids, etc. with the existing Kindergarten class in the morning. Then, after lunch with the trainees, we had an afternoon session without the children to go over different teaching skills.  On the last day of the training, we gave them the opportunity to teach the K classroom and observe each other.  At the end we had a graduation and a traditional Fijian ceremony to mark the occasion.

I would say in many ways they are a Christian nation as they easily integrate faith in the public school.  They value teaching their children scripture, songs and prayer in the school setting!!  The official from the Dept. of Education opened our training with words of encouragement and prayer!!  For a minute I felt I was back at Mariners Christian School!!  They place a high value on leadership, education, and honoring each other.  I was touched to see the value they give God and His word.

The second area we went to was in Vunaniu Village – another part of the country, where again we stayed at a nearby resort that wanted to support the Fiji Kinde Project.  We couldn’t have been more blessed with the accommodations, and although it wasn’t my expectation, I enjoyed having the time to refresh and regroup before heading out to the villages again.  We met the most lovely local people who were so appreciative and hospitable, who prepared traditional meals for us and welcomed us into their homes.  Their smiles, faces and caring ways will never be forgotten!

I’ve attached a short slideshow I hope you will enjoy and perhaps you can catch a glimpse of what it was like.  (Kristi, my niece is in many photos with me – so great to have her on the trip too!)

Thank you for sharing in this adventure with me!  The support of my family (especially Tim) and friends are what made it possible for me to go!

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=2EbMmzVs2YuLg (make sure to expand the screen to see it larger!)

With love and thanksgiving!

Karen McSunas

(Fiji Kinde Team – Oct. 2011 – Ann Cooper, Devon Kelly, Kristi Bjorkman, Karen McSunas, Marilee and Allison Schneider)”This is how we know what love is; Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”  I John 3:16

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Fall Newsletter

October 18, 2011 · 0 comments

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Dear Partners

October 5, 2010

October 1, 2010 Dear Partners, It is so exciting to give you an update on Fiji Kinde Project’s ministry. I traveled to Fiji by myself this past summer. The trip gave me the opportunity to see firsthand some various villages where we have established Kindergartens. Neither the teachers nor the schools knew I was coming. […]

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Laguna Beach Independent: Her Lesson Plan Sprouts Gardens in the Tropics

May 6, 2010

Article originally published in the Laguna Beach Independent Are prayers answered? Laguna Beach resident Ann Cooper thinks so. So does her counterpart in Fiji, “Ana,” and the children attending 18 newly established kindergartens in the island nation. On an anniversary trip to Fiji in 2005, Cooper, a former kindergarten teacher, looked beyond the luxurious accommodations […]

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Grace Fellowship Church offers short-term outreach trips with FKP

May 6, 2010

View project info at the Grace Fellowship web site.

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Pastor Charles Fake Reflect on FKP Church Visit

May 6, 2010

Article originally published at CharlesFake.com Last night at our church’s mid-week service, Mrs. Ann Cooper spoke to us about the work she is doing in the Fiji islands. She goes to Fiji three times a year to establish Christ-centered kindergartens, and to enlist and train teachers for the work. In three years, 27 kindergartens have […]

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The Gift of Education – FKP Partners with The Mission at Natuvu Creek

May 6, 2010

The Mission at Natuvu Creek featured The Fiji Kinde Project on their web site: Even the most basic education is often out of geographical or financial reach for many families. As a result, many of Fiji’s impoverished children are not given the chance to pull themselves or their communities out of the hardship they endure. […]

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78 Kindergartens established under the Fiji Kinde Project

May 1, 2009

View article at the Fiji Daily Post SIX more new kindergartens will be established shortly in the Buca Bay area, Vanua Levu, thanks to the initiative of Ann Cooper, a former kindergarten teacher from California USA. This will increase to 33 the number of kindergartens Ms Cooper established under ‘The Fiji Kinde Project’ – a faith-based programme […]

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