Our Stories

  • making a difference in koroipita
    Sep 6, 2016

    The population of Koroipita, a township project located outside Lautoka in Ba province, reflects the diversity of Fijian society. Its low-income and destitute residents, however, all share the common experience of poverty and social dislocation.

  • empowering teen mothers in vuda
    Sep 6, 2016

    The issue of teenage pregnancies in Fiji is rarely discussed in community forums, even as the Health Ministry acknowledges that teenage pregnancies are on the rise. Young single mothers are vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion. Sound public policies on sexual and reproductive health which target young people are a matter of critical importance.

  • change through community mobilisation
    Sep 6, 2016

    Many urban communities in Fiji face challenges associated with migration and poverty, including inequalities in access to basic services and opportunities. Efforts of partnerships between policy makers and communities to find creative and sustainable solutions in these situations are required.

  • peaceful and tolerant communities
    Sep 6, 2016

    Rapid urbanization, a growing modern economy and demographic shifts are eroding entrenched ethnic divisions in Fiji today, and inter-ethnic tensions and conflicts over land-use and access to natural resources arise periodically. Promoting dialogue among different sections of the population has become critical for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

  • building inclusive peaceful communities
    Sep 6, 2016

    Fijian society is at a crossroads between modernisation and traditionalism. Modern lifestyles based on individual freedoms coexist and sometimes collide with centuries of traditional communal social hierarchies and conventions of behavior. In the face of modernisation, people in rural communities request improved public services such as access to clean drinking water, electricity and medical facilities, better roads and transport.

  • Building Inclusive Empowered Communities
    Sep 6, 2016

    Youth suicides and stigma against people with mental illnesses are two serious health-related problems in Fiji. Mental health survivors are a marginalized and vulnerable group, unable to raise their voices against the discrimination and violence they face.

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