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Murals By Aruka Fiji In Aim To fight Violence And Abuse

“The murals consist of messages surrounding children, women and equality for all."
11 Apr 2021 11:00
Murals By Aruka Fiji In Aim To fight Violence And Abuse
Aruka Fiji volunteers at John Wesley Primary School in Raiwaqa.

Aruka Fiji, a non-government organisation is advocating the need to stop children from witnessing violence.

This message was advocated through mural painting.

Yesterday the team was at John Wesley Primary School in Raiwaqa.

Aruka Fiji spokesperson Isimeli Mataele said they have other schools that are interested in the mural painting.

He said they had completed the first phase of painting at John Wesley Primary School before school started this year where they advocated on child abuse.

“Now it is the second phase, and we are advocating on stopping children from witnessing violence.

“We encourage restoring faded and lost connection associated through kinship. Effectively empowered through counselors and Youth Development officers focused specifically on widows and abandoned teens on our urban streets.”

Mr Mataele said they help women and teens get back to society.

“We are slowly creating our network. The paints and materials we use are from our donors and we invite those that have the same passion and vision to join us and make a difference,” he said.

“Since 2019, we have done 10 projects and we will continue to advocate for the women and teens.

“The murals consist of messages surrounding children, women and equality for all.

“People are welcome to join us and they can check our Facebook page for more information.”

Aruka Fiji was founded in 2019 and has 65 volunteers from three divisions. Aruka is a Hebrew word meaning healing and restoration.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

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