AN Australia-based charitable trust hopes to entice local businesses to support high school and tertiary education for children from disadvantaged families.
The Lalit Jeraj Trust intends to do this by highlighting the achievements of students it has supported at the University of Fiji graduation.
Established in 2007 by former Fiji resident Liladhar Jeraj, the trust has so far spent more than $114,000, assisted 49 students complete Form Seven and aided 18 students undertake Bachelor of Commerce degrees at the University of Fiji.
During a visit to the university in August last year, Mr Jeraj said he was encouraged to see that eight students, assisted by the trust had graduated and found employment.
"Six have found work at Punjas, who are one of the sponsors of the trust, and another two were employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers," he said.
"I believe that education is the best vehicle to break the cycle of poverty that these children are born into. And I do hope that people with means and businesses will develop programs to assist children from disadvantaged families who cannot afford to go to receive a university education."
The trust identifies children from disadvantaged families by working with high schools in the Western Division.