Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort (FOR) helps kids learn for life

BY DONNA PARKIN — When Maretina Mailakeba’s husband died suddenly, she wondered how she would be able to educate her children.

Now, thanks to the efforts of the non-government organization Fiji Kids Learning For Life, one of her children has an excellent chance of realising his ambition of becoming a chef at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.

Supported by the human resources department of the resort, Fiji Kids Learning for Life involves sponsors, many from overseas, providing the resources necessary to provide shoes, school bags, uniforms and other educational aids to children in need.

The organization has helped 130 children achieve their career goals and is presently monitoring the progress of 75 students it is assisting.

One of these kids is 17-year-old Jone Uluinasau who, thanks to the support of sponsors and companies like Outrigger Resorts, will finish high school this year and then pursue his dream of becoming an aircraft engineer.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort General Manager Peter Hopgood, speaking at a function held at the resort to thank sponsors, said Fiji Kids Learning for Life has made a difference to the lives of many Fiji children. “They make it so much better for these kids and that’s what it’s all about,” he said.

Fiji Kids Learning for Life is part of FOR’s commitment to conducting monthly community projects, each one managed by a different department. The resort’s human resources department, under the direction of Sharon Naidu, is proud to take the lead on this significant project.

 

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