Photos Taken in a Rhodes Class Help Fund Books for Fiji

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Publication Date: 9/17/2008


photo courtesy of Patrick Deveau

Rhodes senior Patrick Deveau recently sold photographs from his travels and a Rhodes photography class to send books to children in Soso, a village in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands. Deveau has spent the past three summers traveling to places such as Germany, Namibia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. While in Fiji, he stayed with a family in a village located on one of Fiji′s remote islands.

“The villagers caught my attention because they were the most cheerful and grateful people that I have ever come across,” says Deveau. “Most of the villagers also are farmers. Although they make enough to get by day-to-day, their occupation doesn′t allow them to garner much disposable income. Thus, the kids in the village as well as the elders can′t really afford or obtain scholastic books or leisure literature.”

After Deveau returned to the United States, he organized a photography sale at his home in Atlanta. “I invited all the neighbors as well as many other acquaintances around the city to come take a look at my pictures from my travels in the South Pacific, from travels in Africa with the Rhodes Biology Department, and from a photography class at Rhodes,” he explains. “I sold a lot of photos and ended up making enough money to ship nearly 40 pounds of books to my homestay family in Fiji.”

Books sent include The Old Man and the Sea, The Adventures of Huck Finn, Romeo and Juliet, Tom Sawyer, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Treasure Island, Jacques Costeau and encyclopedias, among others.