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Support pours in for Banaban welfare body Rabi Island Fiji

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Serafina Silaitoga Friday, December 31, 2010

HELP has poured in for the Banaban Child Welfare which needs about $10,000 to help put to school children from disadvantaged family backgrounds.

Earlier this month, the welfare made known its plight through The Fiji Times that it needed to help about 79 children on the island of Rabi.

Welfare officer Terekano Takesau said local companies have already contacted them and were making arrangements to lend some financial assistance.

"The funding is to help the 79 children already identified as a result of our survey which covers children from broken families, poor families, children of single parents and children living with disabilities," said Mrs Takesau.

"These children are between the ages of 6 to 14 and because of their unfortunate background, most have not been able to attend school so we are helping out in whatever way we can."

She said the welfare had so far received several response from local companies and individuals who were willing to help out.

"Some of these children also have sickly parents and we have included them in our list because our main aim is to educate our younger generation," Mrs Takesau said.

"For these children, we have yet to establish contacts and ways of getting them to Suva to attend the special school. They are attending the primary schools in Rabi but their condition is more suitable for a special school in Suva."

Out of the 79 children identified, six are living with disabilities

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