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Homes For Hope Welcomes 2018-2019 Budget Allocation

Homes For Hope Welcomes 2018-2019 Budget Allocation
July 09
11:24 2018

The Homes of Hope family is thrilled with the show of sup­port from the Government in the 2018-2019 National Budget.

The organisation was allocated $200,000 in the form of a grant for assistance programme for residen­tial homes where victims of sexual abuse, sexual violence and sexual trafficking are given a wide range of support. This includes a safe shelter, legal advice, medical care, counsel­ling and skills training and empow­ering these victims with a new start on life.

The Home’s national director, Turenga Nakalevu, said the contri­bution would help towards key pri­ority areas in campus and commu­nity programme work.

She said to fully operate its residen­tial and community programmes, Homes of Hope needed to run on a budget close to $1.4 million.

“This entails our safety net com­munity awareness and training programme as well as our campus restoration, and empowerment pro­gramme,” Mrs Nakalevu said.

“We have capacity to accommodate 25 mums and their children at the home.

“We are also working with our re­integrated mums and girls in the community.”

Ms Nakalevu said.the goal of the Home was to help these survivors heal from their trauma and have a fresh start of hope, freedom, dignity and life.

“The Home runs an extensive pro­gramme of restoration and empow­erment,” she said,

This includes trauma counselling, life skill and hard skill training, fi­nancial literacy, early childhood ed­ucation for the survivor’s children, legal and medical assistance, food and housing, mothering training, mentoring and work attachment programme,” she said.

Ms Nakalevu also highlighted that the programme worked well for the beneficiaries as it was tailored to their suitability with consideration to the level of trauma, education background, realistic aspirations, informed choices, and duration of their stay.

She said while the Government’s contribution was significant and ap­preciated, the Home was still look­ing towards the people and business­es of Fiji for support toward their operation.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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