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Homes Of Hope Honours Corporate Organisations That Do Special Work

Eight corporate organisations that have been supporting the Homes of Hope (HOH) in Wailoku were awarded on Thursday night. The awards categories were for gold, silver and bronze. Gold was
20 Jan 2018 10:42
Homes Of Hope Honours Corporate Organisations That Do Special Work
Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Forest Bernadette Welch with Homes of Hope Director Pastor Mark Roche during the Homes Of Hope awards night on January 18, 2018. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala.

Eight corporate organisations that have been supporting the Homes of Hope (HOH) in Wailoku were awarded on Thursday night.

The awards categories were for gold, silver and bronze.

Gold was for members who paid $50,000, silver members paid $20,000 and bronze members paid $10,000 for 2017.

Rotary Club of Suva incoming president, John Stanbridge was one of the five members awarded bronze.

Mr Stanbridge said: “I have been a member for HOH for more than four years now.”

“The Rotary is an important organisation that does a lot of special work around the world and in the community in Fiji.

“It’s always good to give back to the community, to the people who are less fortunate than we are. I will keep supporting the HOH.”

He said there were a lot of organisations in Fiji like HOH who needed support. And there is not enough support going around.

Mr Standbridge said: “The Rotary was behind the HOH every year since it started.

“Rotary Club of Suva had recently visited their facility and delivered a cheque for Christmas gifts last year.

“This was not the first time the Rotary Club of Suva had given something to the home because previously they had donated two motor vehicles. These vehicles were used in the transportation of baked goods from the HOH which were sold in Suva.

“Also, before Christmas last year we went to Father Law Home, Suva Special School and Samabula old Peoples Home giving them a little money to help them with their Christmas lunch.

Novotel general manager Tim Dearsley, received the silver award.

Mr Dearsley said: “we joined and supported the HOH in 2012.We found out about HOH after we arrived in Fiji for 19 months and we decided this is a good organisation to involve ourselves in and support.”

Television presenter Ajay Bhai Amrit was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for HOH in 2017.

Mr Amrit said: “It’s a privilege and honour for me to serve with them and how they do things.

“Obviously dealing with women and children is a very sensitive topic so we can’t really go out there and discuss this topic and HOH do such a great work. Domestic violence is something on the rise in Fiji and it needs to be stopped.

“The organisation plays a major role in the lives of many distraught teenage and single mothers along with their children.

“I have stood up as a man and stopped violence against women. There should be zero tolerance. Violence against our women and children is not acceptable.”

Mr Amrit thanked all the corporate organisations that have been supporting HOH every year.

HOH director Pastor Mark Roche said: “HOH is a registered non-governmental organisation with a vision to provide a fresh start for young women and their children who were exploited through sex trafficking and or forced sex.

“Additionally, we work to prevent exploitation of new victims through grassroots education on gender violence and gender value.

“We are saying ‘NO More’ and it’s not going to happen anymore and this can be a cultural change.”

The mission for HOH is to rescue, restore and reintegrate young single mothers and their children who are mostly the victims of immoral acts and behaviour.

“Fiji is a beautiful place and we love Fiji. We just don’t wait to help the girls but we also want to create awareness and also prevention work,” Pastor Roche said.

He thanked all the corporate organisations that have been helping the homes.

When you help the Homes of Hope you are helping individual girls who have not made a choice and you also helping the community to take the initiative to make changes.

Mr Roche said they also provided remedy to stop others from entering this devastating and destructive cycle.

Their members reach out to women who are in the interior villages in order to educate and highlight the rising concerns these women are facing.

“At HOH the women are taught how to steward their personal finances, budgeting and personal banking to provide housing, food, medical care, schooling, savings and a sustainable future for their children,” Mr Roche said.

Mrs Lynnie Roche said: “We aim to help these people and to make sure they have a violent free, successful and bright future.

“Our home is basically run by the help and aid given to us by aid agencies from the United States, the EU, and the UN Trust Fund and from individuals who want to help.

“We are very grateful that a lot of corporate organisation in Fiji took the initiative to know our organisation better.”

HOH plays a vital role in the lives of those women who are sometimes left stranded on their own with violence and unethical treatment from the community.

Edited by Percy Kean

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