Project Targets Rises In Beggar Population

Concerns were raised recently on the number of beggars in Lautoka City.
03 Apr 2019 10:25
Project Targets Rises In Beggar Population

The Fiji Police Force is working with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to address the reported increases in the beggar population in Suva and Lautoka.

The partnership is called the Loloma Project.

Concerns were raised recently on the number of beggars in Lautoka City.

Lautoka District Advisory Council chairman Faiaaz Ali said the beggar population in the city was alarming.

Mr Ali said he was aware of some beggars who were getting social welfare assistance, but they were still on the streets begging.

“I also know that some were assisted by the Government to do some small business, but they are still out on the streets,” he said.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, had said last weekend, “We give them options on what they can do, but you’ll see beggars keep returning to the streets.

“There are some beggars who have been begging for decades.

“We have a project. It’s called the Loloma Project and we respond to these kinds of cases.

“If there is a case, you see a lot of beggars in a particular town, you let us know.

“We’ll send the Loloma Project team down there. They already have the profile of most of these beggars,” said Ms Vuniwaqa.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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