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Activists use RoC Market days

August 19
11:03 2013

By FARISHA AHMED

The RoC market is not only a place to shop for accessories and other home improvement products, but it is also a place for good information sharing.
While people roam the Dolphin Arcade on the third Sunday of the month, there are stalls which offer educational material for children as well as the elderly.
Pacific Dialogue, a non- governmental organisation, every month, has its members at the arcade to offer education material to customers.
A volunteer, who wished to remain anonymous, said they provided information on peace and democracy.
“We are an awareness raising organisation and we provide information relating to democracy as well as on governance,” she said.
“We have been operating since four years now and assist people who do not understand things about government, politics, peace and democracy,” she said.
The organisation also designs cards out of pictures taken from within and around the community.
“Some of the cards are printed with the pictures provided by the people themselves and this is something we started for people to take back as souvenirs,” she said.
The organisation’s website reveals them as an NGO working in the fields of human rights and conflict resolution.
It was established by leading civil society activists in 2009 to facilitate dialogue and build consensus through long term engagement with underrepresented groups in Fiji.
The Dolphin Arcade outlet of the Republic of Cappuccino holds a small but eclectic market on the third Sunday of each month.
Stalls feature homemade food, arts and crafts at reasonable prices.
Tamani Rokotuilevuka said he looked forward to exciting things for sale at reasonable prices as tourists and locals mingle at the RoC.
“I find shopping here quite interesting and enjoyable because we get to see the different sort of items on sale at one single location,” Mr Rokotuilevuka said.

Joy Subarita sells Philippine delicacies at the monthly RoC Market in Suva yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

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