Homes of Hope: 350 out of 500 were single mothers

Homes of Home founder Mark Roche (left) receives the cheque from Leadership Fiji chairman William Parkinson. Picture: SUPPLIED

CLOSE to 70 per cent of girls and women who have undergone programs through the Homes of Hope have been single mothers.

This was confirmed by Homes founder and executive director Mark Roche who said out of the approximately 500 girls who have gained training from their Homes, some 350 were single mothers.

“We have girls between numbers 45-125 every year. They receive training in sewing, baking and farming. We have refurbished labs which makes learning very interesting. We do not want a very large number of girls as less girls mean we can spend quality time with each of them,” Mr Roche said.

Homes of Hope is the only organisation of its kind in Fiji that provides long-term care for girls, young mothers, and their children.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Homes of Hope were boosted with a help of over $4800 handed over to them by Leadership Fiji.

Leadership Fiji chairman William Parkinson said they organised the Rosie Batty Fundraiser in 2017 and Leadership Fiji decided to donate the surplus $4823 to a non-profit organisation.

Mr Roche said the funds would be used for training purposes.

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