FENC Fiji comes to the rescue of 244 students

THE start of the new school term is always a cause for concern for mother-of-six Maria Biaukula.

Her husband, who works for the Model Town Charitable Trust in Lautoka, is the sole breadwinner for the family.

The couple’s two elder children attend university, two are in high school and the youngest are in primary school.

This year, Mrs Biaukula is glad her youngest children are part of nearly 244 children who will benefit from the gifts of school bags and stationery from the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children (FENC) Fiji.

The distribution was carried out for residents at Koroipita settlement, Lautoka, yesterday.

“I am really happy that my children have gotten their bags and school stationery today (yesterday) because this means one less worry for my husband and I,” the 45-year-old mother shared.

Similar sentiments were echoed by another resident at Koroipita.

Rusila Dakai, 38, said her three children, aged 14, nine and eight, had received school supplies.

“I used to sell roti parcels and my husband works in Nadi so we had to work hard to make ends meet,” she said.

“I am happy to get this assistance.”

FENC Fiji has been one of the biggest supporters of education in the country and every year, the organisation receives thousands of applications for assistance.

FENC representative Dwain Qalovaki said they received 3200 applications for 2018.

“These are the first 244 students we are distributing to because Koroipita is a priority for us,” he said.

Mr Qalovaki said the gifts were made possible through fundraising efforts and the kind generosity of the public.

As many as 45 members participated in a walkathon around Viti Levu to raise funds in support of children’s education.

“We’d like to acknowledge the Government that has been helping us with our funding as well as the Global Fund and a few other Fijian people who live abroad and have donated money.”

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