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Beggars Rehab To Open In November

Fiji’s first Beggars Rehabilitation Centre will benefit people who make it into the centre once it opens next month, says the Dr Josefa Koroivueta. The Permanent Secretary for Women, Children
28 Oct 2014 11:40
Beggars Rehab To Open In November

Fiji’s first Beggars Rehabilitation Centre will benefit people who make it into the centre once it opens next month, says the Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

The Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation confirmed that work on the centre was progressing well and set for opening.

“We should be opening the centre by the middle of next month, I think,” Dr Koroivueta said.

“Right now the ministry is identifying and making portfolios of those beggars who would be most suited to be enrolled at the facility.”

A taskforce was set up to gather information of beggars in Suva.

Dr Koroivueta said the centre would be managed by the Church of Nazarene which works closely with the ministry in providing for the welfare of the beggars.

“We’re looking at a dozen in Phase One and what we have been reliably informed by the church as well is that in the next phase about a similar number would be able to come in,” he said.

The centre will provide care services to people who are mentally challenged and need medical attention. It will also provide vocational training.

“The centre will be more homely, a place where they can be fed well, cared for, loved and also be taught income-generating skills,” Dr Koroivueta said.

In Phase One, Dr Koroivueta said they would take in beggars from Suva’s streets.

“If need be, it will not be limited to Suva. We’ll also be looking at other parts of Fiji,” he said.

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