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Home for beggars

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

STREET dwellers who often line Suva streets in pursuit of some extra cash, cuddling under warm sweaters for some heat on cold evenings will soon no longer have to resort to such struggle.

This follows an agreement signed yesterday between the Nazarene Church and the Ministry of Social Welfare, which will result in a home for beggars, one which is expected to be up and running in just over six weeks time.

The ministry yesterday officially signed over $100,000 to the church, which took the liberty to offer some land and a run-down building upon which the home could be built.

The land belongs to the church and the building just requires some maintenance work before it should be fit to house the first batch of beggars.

And it is estimated to house between 15 and 30 beggars altogether as a starting point.

According to Social Welfare Minister Dr Jiko Luveni, $60,000 will be put towards the building maintenance, while the remaining $40,000 towards the creation of programs for the street dwellers while staying at the home.

"We are seeking to bring a level of hope and confidence for those who have little or nothing in order for them to move forward," the church's Reverend Kafoa Muaror said.

"We are just one small drop in the ocean, but it's an important drop in the ocean."

Dr Luveni said the ministry had long been working towards creating this home for street dwellers and they were excited it was finally getting off the ground.

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