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Helping the unfortunate Rabi Island Fiji

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Salaseini Vosamana Friday, October 28, 2011

HELPING youths recognise their potential is what 37-year-old Umesh Chand is advocating on Rabi island in Cakaudrove.

He said most Rabi youths were school dropouts with skills to venture into income-generating projects but did not know how to make use of it.

"Staying on the island for more than 14 years makes me realise the vast potential these youths have but the problem is that one is here to motivate them to practise their skills," the social worker said.

"With the help of Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation and the Rabi Council of Leaders, I am able to train them to make use the marine resources offered.

"So far we have mobilised a group to use their skills in the sea and it is really good news to witness them recognise their abilities."

Mr Chand said there was a need to conduct more awareness programs and training on the island because Rabi was rich in marine and natural resources.

"To develop Rabi, there should be a lot of training to empower youths to exploit the resources in order to make a better living for their families. We can develop Rabi into a better place provided people have the mentality to do the work."

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