Caritas supports young people to become self-employed farmers through non-formal training, helps remote communities resist the negative impacts of mining in their area and supports the Commission for Justice and Development (CJD) in Fiji with their long-term goal of creating a Caritas Fiji.
Tropical Cyclone Winston was a category 5 storm and the strongest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. Fiji was very badly affected with thousands losing their homes and crops.
In our emergency response we are working with our partners on the ground in Fiji to continue responding to the needs of the many affected communities, including food, shelter (tents and tarpaulins), seeds, and farming equipment to replant destroyed crops.
Consolidating Rural Training in the Northern Provinces of Fiji
The Marist-run Tutu Rural Training Centre (RTC) on Taveuni Island trains young men, women and married couples to become self-employed farmers in their home villages. RTCs provide non-formal training which is hands on and practical. Students of Tutu RTC learn how to grow a variety of food for their own families and high-value crops for income. They also learn a wide range of life skills.
In 2017, we began a three-year consolidation project in partnership with the New Zealand Aid Programme, which contributes $4 for every $1 provided by Caritas. The goal of the project is to help Tutu RTC generate income from agriculture and renewable energy, which will help to reduce their dependency on outside funding. The program will also provide training to strengthen the management and governance of the training centre.