ABOUT 137 disadvantaged children on Rabi Island will receive educational assistance today to help them start the new school year in style.
The children, some of whom are orphans, disabled, from single parent homes, and whose parents are disabled or elderly have been assisted under the Banaban Child Welfare. Welfare secretary Terikano Takesau said they received funding assistance of $30,000 from a kind donor and Nature Pacific Australia for the children.
"We identified the students according to their unfortunate living status and we will be assisting them with stationery, lunch boxes, tuition and boarding fees and school building fees," Ms Takesau said.
"The distribution process will continue until the end of the week and we hope that such assistance will help students excel in their academic work."
Upon the announcement of the assistance to the school management last week, Ms Takesau said that the teachers of the four schools were overwhelmed because they knew the problem of absenteeism and school arrears would be solved.
"It's not only the parents and students who are excited about this donation but the teachers as well because they know that children will have no excuse not to attend school as they are fully-equipped with their learning materials."
She said the assistance was for selected students from Class One to Form Seven.
She thanked the two donors for their generosity and offering a helping hand for the welfare of the children of Rabi.
The Welfare was initiated through the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation under the World of Difference Program in 2010 with the Rabi Council of Leaders. The schools assisted include Rabi High, Banaban Primary, Tabyang Primary and Bokanikai Primary.