Caritas supports young people to become self-employed farmers through non-formal training at the Tutu Rural Training Centre.
Tropical Cyclone Winston (2016) was a category 5 storm and the strongest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. We currently work with the Archdiocese of Suva to develop community and personal resilience to natural disasters through strengthened preparedness and response capacity.
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 programme will also provide training to strengthen the management and governance of the training centre.