A group who came to Fiji with the Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue (EPLD) paid a visit to FRIEND on the 3rd of July. The purpose of their visit was to learn more about community based non-government organizations. Twelve emerging leaders came and spent two hours at FRIEND, interacting with the staff and learning about our programs.
After a presentation by the staff about the work carried out at FRIEND, the visitors had a tour of our facilities, including the card making area and the Lautoka kitchen. The group was impressed with the kitchen and the idea of using natural resources to make products that allowed many community people to generate an income. The Deaf card-making project also attracted a lot of attention and the group complimented the Art Supervisor on her hard work and creative ideas. They appreciated that this project gave the Deaf youths a chance to earn a living.