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Church Builds $40K Kindy For Village

A church has answered the prayers of Tamavua villag­ers by building a $40,000 kindergarten. The kindergarten, funded by the Jesus City Church of Auckland, New Zealand, was officially opened yesterday
12 Jan 2019 11:00
Church Builds $40K Kindy For Village
Jesus City Church New Zealand Senior Pastor Jo En Bae presenting gitfts to the villagers of Tamavua village during the opening of the new Paradise Tamavua Kindergarten on January 11,2019.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

A church has answered the prayers of Tamavua villag­ers by building a $40,000 kindergarten.

The kindergarten, funded by the Jesus City Church of Auckland, New Zealand, was officially opened yesterday at the village, in Suva.

Senior church Pastor Jo En Bae officiated at the opening of the kin­dergarten, which will accommo­date 40 children.

It was described as a big day for the village and its children.

Supporting children

Pastor Jo said this was their first project in Fiji and they were think­ing of continuing to do this kind of work for children in need.

“We will continue to support this village and I am glad to offer help. It comes from the heart,” she said.

“I was going past the village last year and I heard about the plan from people of the village. Instantly I decided to build a kindergarten.”

Former education officer Vasiti Loki, whose husband is the village chief, said they had to move the kin­dergarten to the Tamavua Commu­nity Hall because of lack of space.

“The number of children were increasing and we could not accom­modate them in one small class­room,” she said.

“The Jesus City Church members heard about our plan and built the classroom in three months. They worked night and day to meet their deadline.”

Mrs Loki said that for the past two months the children were studying at the Tamavua Community Hall.

She said the village supported the Government’s initiative that all students should get early childhood education.

“It was a nice community project for us also. It brought us together and it was a success story for us. Every child deserves early child­hood education,” Mrs Loki said.

She said they were blessed that Je­sus City Church provided the chil­dren with uniforms.

“We thank the members of the church for the generous initiative,” Mrs Loki said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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