Six senior citizens homes receive $189k grant

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women, Dr Josefa Koroivueta (left) with representatives from the six homes under the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation after a grant agreement signing earlier today.

SIX homes under the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation received a total grant of $189,000 during the signing of a grant agreement earlier today.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women, Dr Josefa Koroivueta said a budget allocation of $404,000 was allocated for the Fiji National Council of Older Persons for the 2018/2019 financial year.

The Housing Assistance and Relief Trust and Pearce Home received $29,301.94, Senior Citizens Ba Community Centre received $46,000, Suva Relief Trust and Pearce Home received $22,000, the Methodist Church of Fiji that looks after the Navuaira Society of the Disabled Persons received $19,180, the Mother Aubert Channel Home of Compassion received $32,700 and the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul received $40,000.

Dr Koroivueta said come 2050, there would be more older people in Fiji compared to the younger generation which would be an equation of a pyramid.

He added that isolation was an issue with the aging population.

The Permanent Secretary highlighted that shortly there will be the realisation of the free bus fares or e-transport scheme for all those that are 60-years-old and above.

Dr Koroivueta said the one thing they championed was that older persons should be cared for in their families.

President of the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, Isireli Veitokiyaki said the funding provided was to ensure that proper maintenance and facilities were provided to the Father Law Home.

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