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Aid from Shady Cool

Shayal Devi
Friday, March 14, 2014

AT least 37 families living in HART homes in Ba will benefit from a project implemented by NGO Soroptimist International.

President Dr Maria Doton said the Shady Cool project involved the building of a canteen to be run by the HART women.

"This started in co-operation with various stakeholders at first and after its opening the Ba branch is continuing to develop this project," she said.

"It is a project that will provide a continuous source of income to residents of HART homes. This way their status of living can be improved and we hope to eradicate poverty in this place."

Dr Doton said all kitchen equipment and money to start the project had been handed over to those concerned.

"Since the place opened with just three tables and chairs, Soroptimist International has erected the venue's roof.

"At the moment, our Ba branch members are in the process of finishing the flooring and making more tables."

Dr Doton said the situation at the HART homes was inspiring.

"Single mothers work hand in hand in this small community to survive.

"The women are industrious and skilled. Some of them have regular jobs, but some are just at the home.

"We saw their situation as ideal to concentrate on a good project that will generate a regular income for them.

"It is conveniently located beside the hospital and a few metres from the Fiji National University where they have regular customers."

The project was commissioned two years ago and has so far cost the NGO about $6000.

"This project has been visited by the delegation from the Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific Federation twice."

Shady Cool has been nominated for an upcoming award.


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