FORMER Fiji residents have donated more than $8000 to help needy children.
The Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji received $8342 from the Brisvaani Aid Foundation in Suva yesterday.
Based in Brisbane,Australia, foundation chairman Ambika Prasad said the donation was directed to programs run by FENC Fiji to help needy children.
"The members are mostly Indo-Fijians who reside in Brisbane," said Mr Prasad.
"FENC Fiji and BAF have common goals and we are grateful to be of assistance.
"The foundation is independent of the radio station Radio Brisvaani which started broadcasting in September 1977.
"The people of Brisbane have generously supported Radio Brisvaani's radio-thons and have helped raise thousands of much-needed dollars."
Mr Prasad said the foundation aimed to ensure accountability and fairness in the distribution of donations.
FENC Fiji official Irshad Ali said the contribution from BAF was a boost.
"It is a generous contribution towards the program of identifying the poorest children and providing support towards their education," he said.
"One of the important aspects of this program is supporting children's education and providing for their direct needs.
"It releases a burden on families who can then use whatever resources they have on building family structures.
"It is important to support children this way. By supporting the children, we are supporting the families as well."