Ono Foundation shifts focus to aid fellow villagers back home

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with Minister for Trade Faiyaz Koya looks at the donation at Government shipyard in Walu Bay. Picture: SUPPLIED

An organisation formed in the United States to assist Kadavu youths with education has shifted its focus to aiding people affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold and COVID-19.

Yesterday, a government vessel assisted in the transportation of seven tonnes of groceries and clothes given by the Ono Foundation USA to the island.

Foundation representative Lepani Vunituraga said the organisation rendered $20,000 worth of assistance for 208 families on the island.

He said villagers across the districts of Ono, Kadavu, bore the full brunt of Tropical Cyclone Harold when it barrelled through parts of Fiji on April 8 this year.

Mr Vunituraga said the foundation was focused on assisting families on the island, especially at a time when many were trying to piece their lives and livelihoods together.

He said ensuring the wellbeing and safety of families and loved ones who lived in the villages was imperative and this was one of the main reasons the foundation was established.

“This is part of our effort as we try and uplift families on the island who are struggling and those who are living in poverty,” he said.

“Our people are resilient but at the same time we also need to assist them in whatever ways we can.”

The Ono Foundation USA was established in 2018 and was focused on empowering the young generation through education.

The foundation comprises individuals from six villages across the districts of Ono, Kadavu, who now live in different states in the US.

For the past year, the foundation has been assisting teachers and students on the island by purchasing and supplying library books and stationery. |

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