FENC Fiji is voluntary, non-profit, cause-oriented organisation that provides educational and related support to children of the poorest of poor families in Fiji.
Such support, in the form of scholarships covering fees and other education related necessary requirements (transport, food, school levies, text books, stationery, etc ) is made available at primary, secondary as well as tertiary levels.
FENC Fiji support to the kids does not stop only at providing them the essentials of schooling in material form, we take on the over-aching responsibility of setting up learning centers where kids from the slum and squatter areas have a place they can come to do home work and receive academic tutoring from scores of our dedicated volunteers who take their time out to invest and teach these kids.
FENC Fiji also carries out career and capacity building workshop , Involve kids in projects with other NGO’s to do community work to expose them to community service and integration for increased self esteem.
To enable the poorest of the poor children of Fiji to realise their potential through the provision of education assistance and related support.
Our VisionMaking education accessible to the poorest of the poor children of Fiji enabling them to break the cycle of poverty and become resourceful citizens of fiji.
At FENC Fiji our values guide the way we work with our partners, within our communities, with the children we support and with each other. Realizing that these values are critical to putting every poorest of the poor kid on the path to success through education.
Our core values comprise accountability, integrity, passion, humility , courage and a caring heart focused on serving the poorest of the poor kids.When it comes to serving the kids we take personal accountability, being decisive, using judgment and common sense, empowering them, caring about them and their progress, showing respect to them , being supportive and responsive to their concerns.
- We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and behave in ways that earn the trust of others.
- We depend on the relationships we have and respect each other and those we work with.
- We value diversity of people and thought.
- We are mindful of the consequences of our decisions, big and small, on those around us.
- We keep our commitmentsn.
- We treat others with utmost respect.
- We resolve conflicts directly and swiftly.
Why We Do This
It is our intrinsic passion to give these unfortunate kids a hope for the future by providing the necessary support mechanisms to afford a chance of succeeding. As an organization we know that the gaps we fill are the basics not covered elsewhere.
Often what’s missing is the most basic of things. To name a few , A bag, A Ruler and rubber. A pair of shoes to keep their feet from injuries. Umbrella to keep dry in Fiji’s seasonal rainy weather conditions . The fee to attend an unforgetable class field trip.
From a low of less than 10% in the 1970’s, the total number of people living below the poverty line is close to 40%. Over 10% of Fiji’s children aged 5 – 14 years do not attend school. More than 49% of those completing primary school do not have the opportunity to attend secondary school.
Income inequalities in Fiji remain deep: the poorest 20% of Fiji’s people receive less then 6% of the national income while the richest 20% receive 48% of the national income.
A large proportion of the poor, while in full time employment, constitute the “working poor”; 48% of the wage earners earn incomes below the poverty line.
The long term sustainable solution to poverty is not charity, by far education is the best means to increase access to opportunities to earn incomes.
How We Began
FENC Fiji was founded by Mr John Samy in 2010 to provide education and related support to the poorest of the poor kids in Fiji.
The Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC Fiji) is a national initiative, registered under the Charitable Trusts Act (Cap 67) to serve as voluntary, non-political, not-for-profit, cause-oriented organisation that would provide educational and related support to the children of the poorest of poor families in Fiji.
Mr John Samy