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Six Accords Bolster Disabled Groups

In a bid to strengthen its inclusive approach towards disabled communities the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty alleviation signed six agreements worth $47,394 with six separate organisations. The amounts
23 Apr 2015 08:43
Six Accords Bolster Disabled Groups
Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta (left) seals the deal with the President of Spinal Injury Association, Merewalesi Rodan as Minister Rosy Akbar (middle), looks on in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

In a bid to strengthen its inclusive approach towards disabled communities the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty alleviation signed six agreements worth $47,394 with six separate organisations.

The amounts are a reduction from what the individual organisations, who are members of the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons, received last year.

The funds allocated to Spinal Injury Association of Fiji with $7000, Fiji Vocational Technical Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities with $18,000, Counterstroke Fiji with $7394, Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation with $5000, Fiji Association for Deaf with $5000 and the United Blind Persons of Fiji with $5000.

“This is the Government’s commitment towards the disabled and we hope that in the coming years we will be able to give them a bigger share as we are committed to creating an inclusive Fiji for the disabled,” she said.

Minister Akbar said at the moment the ministry was still working on rounding up the statistics for the total number of disabled people because some are still not registered with the disability organisations.

Minister Akbar said there had been reports about disabled people who had been turned away by their families and were living on the streets.

“Unfortunately we see that most disabled people are pushed out of their homes and we want to control the number of disabled people on our streets so that we don’t reach an alarming statistic,” she said.

Meanwhile, Merewalesi Rodan – President of the Spinal Injury Association of Fiji – commended the Government for its consistent assistance.

“Government has been doing quite well in being inclusive and we can’t be complacent we will just have to be smart in how we utilise the money they give us,” she said.

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