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Beggars Centre To Change Lives

The Good Samaritan Inn is a life changing programme for able-bodied people who resort to begging. The comment was made by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy
09 Feb 2015 07:27
Beggars Centre To Change Lives
Resident Anare Covu can sleep comfortably on a mattress. Photo: Rama

The Good Samaritan Inn is a life changing programme for able-bodied people who resort to begging.

The comment was made by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, during the opening of Fiji’s new rehabilitation centre for beggars in Colo-i-Suva last Friday.

She said this was a milestone achievement in transforming the lives of the less fortunate to help them develop their skills.

“This means to provide self-reliance is the way forward in our operation and should guide us as it impacts one’s life,” Ms Akbar said.

She said the centre was ready to house individuals who were in need of love and acceptance.

“The Minor Offences Act 10 of 1971 states that begging is illegal,” she said.

“Through the recent profiling exercise, it was seen that currently there are 72 less fortunate people that were seen street begging.”

She said majority of them were receiving social welfare assistance.

“If we do not address this issue now the numbers will continue to increase because they are generational beggars and they have developed this mentality of being dependent on handouts.”

Ms Akbar expressed her gratitude to the Church of Nazarene for their partnership with the Ministry.

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