Local business assists Foundation to help girls pursue education

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By Mike Puia

HONARA business house, Discount Electricals, has donated $3,000 toward Esther Education Foundation yesterday.

The foundation was born from a story shared by a local Guadalcanal girl, Esther.

It was a story of how she tried, with persistence, to get an education. Now, Esther is a successful and respected teacher in her home school.

Esther shared her story in 2010 which inspired Mellita Jones, to pursue the idea of setting up a foundation to help girls who struggled to get an education like Esther.

Founder Mellita Jones, received the money and five electrical appliances from staff of the company.

Mellita said the money they received will go toward the foundation. The foundation aims to raise money to help women and girls who experience struggle in getting education as a result of their gender.

Esther will share her story when the foundation is launched at the King Solomon Hotel.

The electrical appliances Discount Electricals donated to the foundation will be given out as prices during the launch.

The foundation will also run fundraisings in Australia.

Mellita said they are pleased that Discount Electricals generously responded to their request for help.

Trisha Marie Dabi of Discount Electricals said they are very happy to help.

Trisha said their company usually delivers help to beneficiaries on a three to four months basis.

She said Esther Foundation did send an appeal for help to their company and after their bosses assessed the request they decided to help.

Trisha said this is not the first time Discount Electricals help. She said their company did help other requesting beneficiaries, like Don Bosco, in the past.

Mellita has sent out invitations to guests and friends to attend the launch as the foundation need to raised money to start sponsoring local women and girls to get education.

For a start, the foundation is looking to sponsor around five women and girls to attend and complete their education.

The sponsorship will cover almost everything like tuition fee; cost of transport and text book etc. Women and girls who wish to be sponsored by the foundation will apply. A panel will assess the application and decide who will get sponsorship. The panel comprises of locals who are expert in the field.

During today’s launch the foundation will also unveil its online website (www.esthereducationfoundation.org).