Improving educational opportunities, school provisions, and rehabilitation for underprivileged, blind and visually impaired, disabled, and disadvantaged children in urban and rural local communities.
FijiLIFE Foundation works with the Fiji Society for the Blind to provide people who are blind or partially sighted with the skills they need to interact efficiently and effectively within the visual world. The Society staff liaises with other agencies working in the disability field and supports existing medical and social service agencies to improve the quality of life for people with visual impairment. They also work to provide information on eye care and prevention of loss of sight.
In partnership with Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (Fenc Fiji) we provide education and related support to the underprivileged children of the Fiji Islands. Fenc Fiji estimates 40% of Fiji’s population now live below the poverty line, with children suffering the biggest blow. School dropout rates are alarming and on the increase. In recent years, the Ministry of Education in Fiji has estimated that 19% children enrolling at Class 1 drop out of school by Class 7. Of this 19% – 4% dropout in Class 4, at the age of only 9 years old. Several reasons highlighted as the main contributing factors to these dropout rates. Poverty, lack of access to education/school environment, violence in families, academic performance, pack of parental/communal guidance, children in transition (billeted children) children at high risk.