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Presents for Golden Age Residents

The 43 residents of the Golden Age Home in Lautoka were delighted to receive presents, which will keep them warm and comfy during the cold nights. The donation has been
15 Aug 2015 11:05
Presents for Golden Age Residents
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (left), handing out presents to a resident of the Golden Age Home in Lautoka. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

The 43 residents of the Golden Age Home in Lautoka were delighted to receive presents, which will keep them warm and comfy during the cold nights.

The donation has been arranged through an overseas non-Governmental organisation (NGO) called Samaj Sewa of Fiji (USA), in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

The donation comprised of bed spreads and blankets and were presented to the Golden Age Home residents, by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Sofia Akbar.

Ms Akbar applauded the Samaj Sewa of Fiji (USA) for reaching out and recognising senior citizens in Fiji.

“The ministry is grateful to such organisations that come to complement the work of the ministry and we have made great inroads with some organisations to ensure that we provide the best care of our senior citizens, which is of great priority for the ministry,” she said.

She has called on NGOs, faith-based groups, civil society organisations and communities to work together with the Fijian Government in creating a supportive and enabling environment for the seniors in Fiji.

Samaj Sewa of Fiji (USA) co-founder Parmesh Sharma, who has been assisting needy children in the past said this was the first time the organisation had reached out to assist senior citizen homes.

“By doing these work we feel blessed and I would urge all major businesshouses to do the same and as for our organisation, we will continue to work with the Ministry for the development of this nation,” Mr Sharma said.

Currently, more than 13,172 senior citizens are benefiting from the Fijian Government’s Social Pension Scheme and the age eligibility has been reduced to 68 years as of July this year. Likewise, a total of 44,120 elderly Fijians who are 60 years and above are also beneficiaries of the Bus Fare Subsidy.

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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