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Angels focus on Fiji

Sherita Sharma
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

THE Forgotten Angels Fund is looking towards providing more opportunities to disadvantaged children in Fiji by getting individual overseas sponsors to invest in their education.

Sanjeev Prasad, who set up the charitable organisation early last year, said "it is not about money, it's about building a relationship between the child and the sponsor.

"I think it is important to work in line with the government's objectives of enhancing education opportunities for our young children."

Mr Prasad, who sponsored the education of six children, said when he initially began with sponsoring, students of India and Bangladesh were the focus, but he now looked towards Fiji as he saw a better opportunity here.

"Now I am concentrating on Fiji because we travel here all the time, so we can see the progress whereas India and Bangladesh we go once maybe three years or so and don't see their progress," he said.

The 38-year-old said he started out only with family and friends, getting them to agree to contribute towards educating children.

"Because the sponsors will come from overseas, I think I need to do more legwork there than here. And people are willing. I had 11, now I have got 25 people who are willing to sponsor children's education."

Mr Prasad said it was easier for those overseas to sponsor children because it was cheaper.

He said it was his dream to get sponsors to take an interest in putting the children not just through high school but tertiary level as well.

"It is not an official established business but I want to grow it to an extent where I want them to sponsor in high school and where they themselves can decide to help students further their education."

The organisation has pooled together sponsors for 11 girls at the Dilkusha Home and will also be looking for sponsors to provide for eight students at another orphanage in Ba by March next year.

"I guess even if I didn't do it, they would still get to high school but this is what I can do for them," Mr Prasad said.





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