The month of June brought consolidated partnerships. FRIEND has always been open to partnerships in order to take services to more people. Japan based Asia Pacific Ladies Friendship Society has continued the support for FRIEND Medical Programme SMILE with a financial contribution of $10,000. “This is the third year in the running that Mr Mataitoga has brought the contribution to us,” says Founder/Director Sashi Kiran. “While the first contribution was spent on a community water project, the money received last year and this year will go towards our efforts of providing medication for NCD management in our communities. The health project running for the last four years has not received any grant funding however due the community need FRIEND raises funds to ensure free medical care for diabetic and hypertension patients.