Foundation helps special school

Staff and students of Labasa Special School recieve the donaiton cheque of $6000 from Fiji Strong Foundation representative Vivek Chandra. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

FORMED around a basin of yaqona in San Francisco, the Fiji Strong Foundation is a group made of former Fiji residents who are focused on improving the lives of people in their country of birth.

With this vision, the group’s co-founder Vivek Chandra yesterday gave a cheque for $6000 to the Labasa Special School for the development of children living with disabilities.

Mr Chandra said they had been in touch with the school’s head, Mukesh Chand, who told them of the students’ need for assisting devices, tools and equipment for woodwork and mechanical repair for vocational students.

“The foundation recently started, containing a few Fijians in the San Francisco area, focused on assisting children back in Fiji and meeting their needs because we believe that education is the way forward for the future citizens of this country,” he said.

“We hope that this donation will open doorways of opportunities for students in this school.

“We have other projects lined for the future also aimed at bettering the lives of people here in Fiji which has helped mould us to become the people we are today.”

School head Mr Chand said the assistance would surely benefit the 70 students in the school.

“We have priority areas which direly need assistance and this includes the provision of assisting devices for students and teaching devices,” he said.

“Children also need assistance in the provision of mechanical and woodwork tools used by our vocational students.” , including the sitting comforts of students in our classrooms.”

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