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$1m project for widows

Shayal Devi
Friday, August 15, 2014

A $1MILLION project undertaken by the NGO Lifebread-Stay Connected Fiji (Ltd) will ensure disadvantaged widows get a chance to lead a productive life.

International director Pastor Raymond Moti said they were in the process of constructing a centre that would serve as a home for disadvantaged widows.

"This will be established in Teidamu, Lautoka," he said.

"The centre will accommodate disadvantaged widows and will provide training to empower them to go into the workforce or start their own small-scale business.

"This facility will be open to women from all races and religions."

According to Mr Moti, the initial number of widows to be accommodated at the centre will be 20.

"Hopefully, this will increase gradually to 100. However, training will be open to all disadvantaged women and we are expecting up to 400 eligible women for training.

"These women will be identified by the Ministry of Women."

He said the project was conceived during the Arise Fiji event in 2012, after which land was purchased for the project.

"Now, we are going ahead with the building and we expect this to be finished in six to eight months time."

He said this was a community initiative that would benefit all women from Lautoka.

A training centre will be constructed, as well as rooms for the residents of the centre.

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