Nadi

Senior citizens organisation acknowledges government assistance

The Senior Citizens Charitable Trust of Nadi has lauded the efforts of the Government in recognizing the welfare of the elderly.  During their first anniversary, the President of the Trust Palpana Nand said he was grateful for Government’s inclusive approach in its policies aimed at assisting the elderly. NAND: “We are grateful to the Fijian Government for […]

Salote Qalubau

June 7, 2016 10:35 pm

The Senior Citizens Charitable Trust of Nadi has lauded the efforts of the Government in recognizing the welfare of the elderly. 

(From left) Senior Citizens Charitable Trust of Nadi president Palpana Nand with Minister for Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation. (DEPTFO)
Senior Citizens Charitable Trust of Nadi president Palpana Nand with Minister for Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation and members of the Trust. (DEPTFO)

During their first anniversary, the President of the Trust Palpana Nand said he was grateful for Government’s inclusive approach in its policies aimed at assisting the elderly.

NAND: “We are grateful to the Fijian Government for its tremendous support in addressing the welfare of senior citizens, through programs such as the Social Pension Scheme,Food Voucher Programme and Bus Fare Subsidy, including the recent pay-out for those senior citizens who were affected by tropical cyclone Winston.”

Mr Nand said pipeline projects included the building of a community centre.

NAND: “We have sought the support of various stakeholders in this endeavour. We are also very pleased with the work carried out by Minister, Honorable Rosy Akbar for her courage and dedication in reaching out and advocating for the rights and interests of senior citizens in this country.”

Meanwhile, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar emphasised during her speech the importance of increased awareness on elderly care in Fiji.

AKBAR: “The Ministry will not tolerate any abuse or neglect of our senior citizens and we look at case by case. At the moment, the Ministry looks after three Age Care Homes and sad to say that most of these homes are operating at its full capacity.”

“These are Samabula Senior Citizens Home in Suva, the Golden Age Home in Lautoka and Babasiga Ashram in Labasa. We appeal to the families of these senior citizens in this age care homes, to please do the right thing, come and talk to us.”

Hon. Akbar also acknowledged the leadership shown by members.

The Trust was officially registered in 2015 and currently it has over 400 registered members in Nadi and is part of the National Council for Council for Older Persons (NCOP) which has provided financial grants to assist institutional homes that look after senior citizens and persons living with disabilities.

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