Update: 5:51PM THE Interagency Taskforce on beggars, spearheaded by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, is exploring areas of employment and income generating opportunities for 40 beggars who have been profiled in Suva.
This emanates through an agreement signed in April this year
between the Nazarene Church and the Ministry of Social Welfare, which will
result in the establishment of a rehabilitative facility at Colo-i-Suva.
The new facility has been designed to not only provide
accommodation but capacity building trainings for street beggars.
Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr
Jiko Luveni said in a Government statement that street beggars will be able to
get into employment and generate income after training for the required skills
through the ministrys Welfare Graduation Program.
The program that has a budgetary allocation of $500,000 focuses
on moving welfare recipients from welfare to workfare.