Community members with special needs assured support

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THE National Council for Persons with Disabilities will continue to support those with special needs and economically empower them.

The group’s executive officer Kaushilya Devi made this commitment at the graduation of 39 participants in Labasa yesterday.

The graduates of short courses in joinery, carpentry and jewellery making included those from Bua and Macuata.

“We have learnt a lot from each other and the journey has been successful together,” Ms Devi said.

“The purpose for such training is to ensure that we empower people with disability so that you can have some skills on you and generate income yourselves.

“This is to also ensure that we do not have a handout mentality and sit at home and not able to do anything.”

Ms Devi said the training would also empower women to make food parcels and sell from their communities.

“For those of you from Bua, you can sell food parcels at the wharf in Nabouwalu and make money,” she said.

“You can also make jewellery and sell at the wharf as well or supply your customers and the finance you earn can support your families.

“We will continue to support you all and in June, we will come back for a visit to see the progress of your business and whether you are putting to use the skills learnt from this training.”

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