The funds provided to the centre today were intended for the EU Delegation’s public diplomacy activities, but due to the restrictions put in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the EU Delegation had to cancel some of its activities and as a result redirected the funds to help people beat the current challenging times.
This financial support will enable the Fiji Muslim League- Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre to provide livelihood training on cooking, pastry, sewing, embroidery and hydroponics for marginalized and destitute women. It will also support and training actions to help women set-up small income generation projects.
The European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Sujiro Seam said: “The EU stands in solidarity with our Fijian friends during this pandemic and provides support to mitigate the impact of the crisis on the economy and people. We know times are difficult for many who struggle to put food on the table and bring money at home for their families. The EU is proud to provide the Fiji Muslim League - Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre FJD $10,000 today to assist women, who are particularly vulnerable during this pandemic, as women and girl are affected negatively in times of crises.’’
The Fiji Muslim League National President, Haji Hafizud Khan praised the EU’s generosity during these extraordinary times.
“The Fiji Muslim League, as the operator of Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre, is most grateful to the EU for their timely assistance. The Centre, since it’s commencement in 2015, has assisted close to 1,100 women to “learn a skill and change their lives“! These courageous women come from all over Fiji and the selection, for totally free training, is directed towards the needy - irrespective of their ethnic, religious or age grouping. We are proud that so many women have found new choice of livelihoods and have improved their families’ welfare status. During the current difficult times, when most families are feeling the effects of unemployment etc, the ability to continue to fund the training of needy women to stand on their own feet is more relevant then ever. Thank you EU!’’ said Mr Khan.
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