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Info session highlights volunteer projects

Salaseini Moceiwai
Friday, December 20, 2013

A VOLUNTEER information session was organised in Labasa this week by the Australian High Commission to highlight the work of volunteers in grassroots communities.

A statement from the high commission stated the purpose of the information session was to share the focus on urban-based volunteers with that of Australian volunteers working in rural and non-central areas.

As well, it was also to raise awareness among civil society organisations about the services available to them through volunteer networks.

"Eight assignments focused on education, 16 on health and 56 on community resilience and economic opportunities," the statement said.

"Of these assignments, 13 focused on disability, five on gender equality, six on environment that includes disaster risk management and climate change, and 10 on child protection, human rights and youth.

"The majority of the assignments — 42 — were based with civil society organisations while the remainder were spread across government and regional organisations and UN agencies.

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

The statement added that Australian volunteers were placed all over the country, especially in the Northern, Western, and Central and Eastern divisions.

One result from the work of Australia's volunteers have resulted in children with hearing impairments learning to speak for the first time.