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China and Fiji Share Vuvale Bond: Li

Mr Li said it was a pleasure to be back at the school to assist students by giving them something that they really need.
15 Oct 2020 11:14
China and Fiji Share Vuvale Bond: Li
Director of the Chinese Embassy’s Political Division, Li Jiabing ( Front, second from left), Gospel School for the Deaf director, Russell Neate (front right) with students after receiving the donation on October 14, 2020. Photo: Fonua Talei

A gracious donation of 60 pairs of new school uniforms and an additional $10,000 cheque funding was donated to the Gospel School for the Deaf yesterday.

The assistance follows a recent visit to the school by the director of the Chinese embassy’s political division, Li Jiabing, on August 21, 2020.

Mr Li said it was a pleasure to be back at the school in Suva to assist students by giving them something that they really need.

He stressed on the 45-year history of diplomatic relations between Fiji and China and conveyed the embassy’s best wishes on Fiji’s 50th year of Independence.

“Fiji and China have a profound economic and social relationship and we would like to do something for the wellbeing of the people,” Mr Li said.

“China is also a developing country like Fiji and we share a kind of vuvale relationship.”

School director, Russell Neate, said the new supply of school uniforms was a much needed help to students, most of whom struggle with only one pair of uniform.

He said the financial assistance was an unexpected surprise and a bonus which would go towards paying for operational costs for the school and teachers pay.

“Today’s assistance from the Chinese embassy and Chinese government is very helpful to the families and the school since most of the students live in our hostel and we are their guardians,” Mr Neate said.

The school has a roll of 60 students and eight teaching staff.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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