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The plight of the hard to reach

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHILE most communities on coastal areas have been assisted by nearby resorts, Fiji's remote communities have been neglected.

And hoping to put the spotlight on the needs of some of the hard to reach areas of Ba, NGO Rise Beyond the Reef has been working with community members to highlight their needs.

Executive director Janet Lotawa said engaging the tourism industry to support these remote communities was vital.

"We wanted to find ways to engage the tourism industry in supporting the interior remote communities," she said.

"In the islands, that assistance is there because there are a lot of resorts near the islands but in the interior of Fiji, there really is no mechanism for funds to reach those regions so that is the idea for our organisation is to be able to bridge that gap.

"What we are trying to do as an organisation is to try and build up the education infrastructure in remote communities but also the underlining issue to help remote communities understand the value of what they come from."

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