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Vodafone Hands Out Grants to Youth and Women’s Clubs

Vodafone Hands Out Grants to Youth and Women’s Clubs
Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation executive Ambalika Prakash (left) hands out a $2500 cheque to the manager Ratu Joe Lagi and members of the Matawalu Youth Club. Photo: Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation
December 31
11:00 2017

The Vodafone ATH Fiji Foun­dation is in the west hand­ing over grants to youth and women’s clubs for their 2018 pro­jects, said Foundation Executive Ambalika Devi Prakash

The Matawalu Youth Club of Va­tubalavu Village in the interior of Navosa received $2500 for their fuel business.

“We are three hours drive from Sigatoka town,” said the Matawalu youth Club Volunteer Project Man­ager, Ratu Joe Lagi.

“We are very far and this business will help some 80 households from our village.

“Our club is also doing farming to help the families so children can go to school and families can remain healthy.

“We don’t have much flat land to carry out farming but hills are good for raising livestock . . . for example cattle and goat farming.”

The Matawalu Youth Club farm­ers is made up of 15 members sup­porting each other. Under the sup­port of the Navosa Veteran officer, Matawalu Youth Club farmers will be monitored weekly for the sus­tainability of their project.

“Our team visited this group of farmers along with Project Ever­est and gave some tips on how they can increase the yield of their prod­ucts,” said Project Officer Nadroga District Council of Social Services, Selita Donu.

“Other needs identified are that the broken bridge and children crossing a river to go to school; and goat and cattle farming and finan­cial literacy training for the vil­lages.”

Ms Donu said a team of experts from Australia named Team Ever­est, would be conducting a work­shop for farmers in the Navosa Highlands where they would dem­onstrate a farm design for good pro­ductivity in supply and consistency.

“The team also is visiting hotels and other markets out there to be­come the main buyers of their farm produce,” she said.

Other clubs who also received their cheques are Vonokula Youth, Kabokira Youth, Henibua Youth and Saweta Youth in the province of Nadroga Navosa.

Source: Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation

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