New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
Bedding materials donated to the deaf hostel
One of the priority areas of the New Zealand High Commission’s small grants scheme is assistance for disadvantaged communities, which includes people with disabilities.
The New Zealand High Commission is very pleased to provide assistance to the Gospel Deaf School hostel in Suva.
These were the words of Acting Head of Mission, Peter Lund, who donated new bedding materials for the dormitories used by the students of the school.
Mr Lund said New Zealand has a long history of education linkages with Fiji and is delighted to contribute to the needs of the hostel.
The Harland Deaf Ministry Trust, founded by Mrs Vivian Harland in the 1990s, seeks to provide care and education for the deaf children of Fiji. The Trust is also the core founder and operator of the Gospel Deaf School and Gospel Deaf School hostel.
57 deaf children are currently enrolled at the school.
The hostel houses students from all four divisions, including remote locations such as Dreketi and the Sigatoka Valley. Students also come from other Pacific countries, including Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.
The Trust, like many charities, faces financial challenges but is resolute in its commitment to provide an education and life skills for the hearing impaired.
New Zealand’s assistance has provided the opportunity to upgrade the hostel’s bedding materials and contribute to improved levels of hygiene.
The High Commission’s funding of more than $5,000 has provided much needed new pillows, pillow cases, single bed sheets, blankets and mattresses.