Foundation to reconnect the lost generation

The growing apathy of the younger generation towards Girmit and Girmitiyas, respectively the bonder labour scheme and the victims of it, has prompted a few community leaders in Auckland to establish an organisation with specific goals. Called, ‘Fiji Girmit Foundation New Zealand,’ the new organisation will conduct the ‘Girmit Remembrance Day’, on May 18, 2013 at Skipton Arst Hall, located…

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Western Union grants US$8000 to flood hit areas

The Western Union Foundation of The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), and the Western Union Agent FEXCO Pacific have joined forces to replenish the Red Cross disaster Relief Fund following the destruction that Cyclone Evan left behind in Samoa and Fiji recently. A grant of US$8000, contributed by FEXCO Pacific with matching funds from the Western Union Foundation, was made…

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Laughter and goodwill amidst adversity

My grandfather (Thatha) and father (Bappa) were Girmitiyas who went to Fiji respectively in 1905 and 1911. They served in Sabeto and Votua Levu, each fulfilling a five-year contract as indentured labourers. They went through hardships and break-breaking work schedules. Those five years were the roughest in their lives. They often wondered what they had done to deserve such humiliation-…

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Fiji meet stimulates Hindu businesses

A Fijian minister has extolled the significance of health and education in the success of a business enterprise, emphasising Dharma and ethics as important ingredients. Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said that socio-economic growth will be meaningful only if it is accompanied by good health and good education. “Traditional medicinal systems like ‘Ayurveda and principles of education such as ‘Vidhya…

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