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EU Lauds FRIEND For Work

The European Union has commended the grassroots non-government organisation FRIEND for its work in the development of sustainable livelihood opportunities for rural communities in Fiji. The EU has provided project
16 Nov 2014 00:15
EU Lauds FRIEND For Work
Head of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, Ambassador Andrew Jacobs (left), with one of the many succesful recipients. Photo: European Union

The European Union has commended the grassroots non-government organisation FRIEND for its work in the development of sustainable livelihood opportunities for rural communities in Fiji.

The EU has provided project support to FRIEND to the tune of €Euro 2.8m (F$6.7m) since 2011.

“FRIEND has successfully been able to implement its activities within designated timeframes and has in some instances, even surpassed project targets. In spite of Fiji’s good economic prospects, poverty remains a major challenge in rural areas, including in the sugar belt,” Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, Head of the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific said.

He made the comments at an awards ceremony to mark the successful culmination of a three-year EU funded project, implemented by FRIEND.

“The work of FRIEND has proved to be very important in reducing poverty in these areas. The GROW programme focuses on economic activity and improving the quality of life of those living in the sugar cane belt areas,” he said.

“The project aims at providing people with supplementary means to sustain and improve their livelihood by supplying them with new, improved seeds and seedlings for food crops.”

The project has reached out to more than 3000 people in the sugar belt, of which 33 “star performers” and role models were presented with awards at the ceremony which took place at Vuda, Viseisei last Friday.

The ceremony included the presentation of graduation certificates to 100 youths who had successfully completed training with FRIEND’s “Young Education Network”, an EU-funded programme implemented by FRIEND in partnership with the University of the South Pacific.

 

 




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