A TOTAL of 46 primary school students from Vunato settlement began the new school year with new uniforms, bags, shoes and exercise books after they were visited by the Art of Living Foundation in Lautoka.
The group gave special attention to the children living on the outskirts of Lautoka whose homes were also badly affected during Tropical Cyclone Evan.
According to Art of Living member, Vinesh Chandra, the 46 students were part of families who lost homes and belongings in the cyclone.
Mr Chandra said they would also supply lunch for the students.
"For the past two years we have been going around to places identifying the children who would need our help," he said.
"We generally supply the students with stationery and school supply for everything that they would need for their education."
Mr Chandra said more than 100 students had been assisted by the group over the past few years.
Katarina Ralulu, the mother of Class Five student of Ahmadiyya Muslim Primary, Priscilla Ralulu, said they were grateful for the assistance from the group.
"It was timely help for us because after Tropical Cyclone Evan, many of us found it hard to buy stationery for our children," she said.
"They provided uniforms and school bags for us while Save the Children Fiji supplied us with stationery, with that help, all we had to look for was money to pay for our children's school fees," said Mrs Ralulu.
Mr Chandra said apart from the assistance given to the students, the non-profit group also provides food for homeless people in Lautoka every Monday and Thursday.
He said the group welcomed any kind of help from interested parties.
Those wanting to help the group can contact Mr Chandra on 9907803.