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FIJI TIMES ONLINE Maneesha Karan Tuesday, February 01, 2011

ABOUT 50 underprivileged students on Rabi Island will be assisted with $10,000 worth of school materials this week.

The gift was made anonymously to the Lions Club of Labasa who would facilitate this project.

According to project coordinator Rosan Lal, a volunteer under the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation World of Difference Northern Focus Project, the assistance included books, stationery, uniforms, shoes, bags and sanitary items.

"These items will be given to the poorest of the poor aged between 6 to 14 years," Mr Lal said.

"These children come from broken families, single parents, disabled parents and some are orphans that have been victims of child abuse and neglect.

"These vulnerable children have the right to education and we hope to change their lives for the better otherwise they will drop out of school.

"The assistance is to help children to stay in school and complete their education."

He said the donor had expressed interest to provide continuing support throughout the year based on the needs of the students.

Mr Lal thanked donors for improving the livelihood of those facing financial constraints.

"Corporate and private donors play a very vital role in our society by promoting sustainable development throughout Fiji," he said.

"Donors touch the lives of thousands of people every year through partnership with NGOs aligned to the strategic goals of the donor organisation."

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