EMPOWER Pacific has marked a new time line with the launch of its new name and logo at the Holiday Inn in Suva.
Formerly known as Pacific Counselling and Social Services, Empower Fiji began 18 years ago as a family support and education group.
"Since its inception in 1994 by Joanne Cohen, this AusAID-funded non-governmental organisation has, without a doubt, made significant contributions towards the development of Fiji's health, education, and social services sectors," said President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
Through the years, Empower Fiji has developed further in its role to holistic counselling, HIV and social work programs as well training counsellors and HIV practitioners from all around the Pacific.
"I am aware that Empower Pacific had worked, and continues to work, very closely with various government agencies in Fiji, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation and the corrections department, among others, to provide professional counselling and social services," Ratu Epeli said.
"Empower Pacific's continuous efforts to make available its services to the vulnerable, to the disadvantaged and to the minority also needs to be commended."