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80 in photo exhibit

Shayal Devi
Friday, December 13, 2013

BUILDING resilience within communities and strengthening relations between Fiji and Australia was the main focus of about 80 Australian volunteers who arrived in Fiji this year.

To recognise their efforts, a photo exhibition for Australian volunteers in the Western Division was organised.

The Australian High Commission said in a statement that the exhibition was in conjunction with International Volunteers Day.

"The exhibition started in Suva last week and it has moved to Lautoka at the Fiji Community Development Program office in Treasure House on Marine Drive, Lautoka this week and goes to Labasa next week," it read.

"This photo exhibit celebrates the contributions of Australian volunteers in Fiji, making a difference towards the reduction of poverty and improving the lives of vulnerable and marginalised communities.

"Volunteers have been important in developing local capacity, promoting cross-cultural understanding and building people to people linkages between peoples of Australia and Fiji."

The statement also emphasised on the main objectives of the volunteers assignments in Fiji.

"For the period January 2012 to June 2013, there were 80 Australian volunteers on assignment in Fiji. This included 68 new volunteer assignments.

"Volunteer assignments work directly across the three objectives of the Fiji country strategy including education, health community resilience and economic opportunities.

"Volunteers focused on disability, gender equality, the environment, disaster risk management, climate change, child protection, human rights and youth.

"They were based in civil society organisations, while the remainder were spread across government and regional organisations and United Nations agencies."