Early Fiji Day celebration for Homes of Hope residents

Minister Veena Bhatnagar celebrates Fiji Day with residents and staff of Homes of Hope at Wailoku yesterday. Picture: MATILDA SIMMONS

RESIDENTS and staff of the Homes of Hope care home in Wailoku were treated to an early Fiji Day Celebrations from the Assistant  Minister for Women, Children Veena Bhatnagar today.

As Fiji marks its 49th year of independence this week, the ministry has taken the initiative to celebrate the day at care homes, orphanages and other organisations around the country.

“This visitation is a part of the build-up to the celebrations on the 10th of October itself,” shared Ms Bhatnagar.

“Children are deemed as shadows of our Gods and what better way to begin Fiji Day celebrations today with the hopes of our future. Our government believes in inclusivity and we being here is an example of the commitment to do just that.

“I also render my heartfelt gratitude to the very dedicated and hardworking staff here at the home for looking after the residents with great compassion; heroes like you make Fiji a better place for our children.”

Homes of Hope is the only organisation in Fiji and the region that provides support and long-term care for girls and young mothers and their children.

They work with victims of forced sex, which includes trafficking, rape, incest and sexual exploitation.

The organisation marks its 23 years of operation in the country this year.

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