The Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development or FRIEND has been distributing close to 1,500 food packs a week to families that have been affected by COVID-19.
FRIEND founder and CEO, Sashi Kiran says they are seeing an urgent rise in need for food and medication to be delivered to people who are in isolation at the moment adding that there is an increasing number of people in isolation that need to be supported.
Kiran says they are working hard to see how they can reach the families in Suva and the Western Division to deliver food and medication.
She further says they are also continuously receiving requests for baby formula from mothers in isolation in Ba, Lautoka and Nadi.
Kiran adds they are thankful to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre which has helped FRIEND to organize beds and beddings for people in isolation facilities in Ba and Lautoka as there was an urgent need.
She says they have also joined hands with the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre to provide lunch and dinner for the Makoi Maternal Clinic.
Kiran also says in the next two weeks, they will be launching their livelihoods training and they will be calling for online training for different sustainable livelihood options.
She adds they will soon be making available innovation funds that people could apply for to start their small businesses and they will be supported to the value chain and market.
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