The St. Christopher's Home for Children in Suva today received a cheque of $25,231 from the Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association which will be used for the construction of a new Moana Boys Home for young male orphans.
The Funds were raised at the FHTA Charity Golf Day which was held at the Denarau Racquet Club following FHTA's HOTEC Tradeshow on the 9th of last month. The Home will be the first of its kind in Suva and will cater for 12 boys until they are 18 years of age.
Currently, boys are required to move to the orphanage in Ba after they are 12 years old as the Social Services Policy dictates boys and girls cannot live in the same after they are 12 years old.
This often leads to some boys being separated from their sisters and the chances of seeing them again is very low.
FHTA CEO Fantasha Lockington says this means that they lose critical support from their siblings which can adversely impact their development, education, social and mental health needs.
The new Home will cost around $1 million dollars to build and a little more than $325,000 has been collected so far.
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