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Rabi Child Welfare sets new criteria

December 31
09:44 2013

By SERUWAIA WAQASAQA

The Banaban Child Welfare is working on their new criteria for 2014 regarding the children’s welfare assistance for Rabi Island.
Speaking to Sun News yesterday, secretary for Banaban Child Welfare Terikano Takesau said the organisation would only look at children whose parents were deceased, children with disabilities, orphans, children of single mum and dad, children whose parents are with disabilities, old age and sickly which would require a medical report.
She said for the past three years they had been supporting children of broken families as there were a lot of them.
“We are not going to assist children of broken families in 2014 as we see it as an encouragement to divorced parents and they will take advantage of this assistance,” Ms Takesau said.
“We are encouraging the parents of divorce cases to file for maintenance against their spouses and we’re also encouraging children to exercise their rights in lodging complaints against their parents for not supporting their education.”
Mrs Takeseau said the organisation had closed applications early this month and so far they have received 150 applications.
“Out of these 150 applications, we will support and seek assistance for 82 children from Banaban Primary School, Tabiang Primary School and Buakonikai Primary School and Rabi High School,” she said.
“We have informed some of the applicants of divorce cases and we will try and to do an awareness programme before school starts.”
Meanwhile, Banaban Child’s Welfare is working closely with Nature Pacific Limited, Australia in getting sponsors for these unfortunate children.

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