Coun­cil backs re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MAIKA BOLATKI Edited by Naisa Koroi

The Lo­maiv­iti Provin­cial Coun­cil stands ready to help for­mer in­mates from the province re-en­gage positively with the com­mu­nity and fa­cil­i­tate ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port them.

This was made pos­si­ble af­ter coun­cil chair­man, Joji Qarani­valu, signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with the Fiji Correction­s Ser­vice (FCS) on Com­mu­nity Ac­tion for the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Ex-of­fend­ers (CARE) at Sawaieke Vil­lage in Gau last Fri­day.

The sign­ing was also wit­nessed by Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama.

Chair­man Qarani­valu said they

were happy to sup­port the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme. Rep­re­sent­ing the Correction­s was the di­rec­tor re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at FCS, Su­per­in­ten­dent Salote Pana­pasa. Ms Pana­pasa said the es­tab­lish­ment of the CARE Net­work tar­geted the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of for­mer in­mates.

“CARE is the mother or­gan­i­sa­tion re­spon­si­ble for all re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties out­side the prison walls, which helps to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of ex-of­fend­ers by en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity and co-or­di­nat­ing mem­ber agen­cies’ to fa­cil­i­tate ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port ex-of­fend­ers,” she said. “It serves to pro­vide in­mates with the op­por­tu­ni­ties to adapt to so­ci­ety and en­force pos­i­tive rein­te­gra­tion through restor­ing their re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity.” Ac­cord­ing to Ms Pana­pasa the FCS had con­ducted aware­ness pro­grammes with the coun­cil, pro­mot­ing its ob­jec­tives and ed­u­cat­ing the del­e­gates to un­der­stand their roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties towards their loved ones who once went off track, re­ha­bil­i­tated and re­turned to their own hands for sup­port. “This pro­gramme is a tool that the FCS is us­ing to en­gage and gar­ner com­mu­nity, stake­hold­ers, cor­po­rate, pub­lic sec­tors and in­ter­ested per­sons in the holistic re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and suc­cess­ful rein­te­gra­tion of ex-of­fend­ers back into their fam­i­lies and the Fi­jian so­ci­ety as a whole,” Ms Pana­pasa said.

To date, the FCS has 105 serv­ing in­mates who are from Lo­maiv­iti. From the 12 dis­tricts in the province, there are six in­mates from Batiki, two from Bureta, six from Cawa, 18 from Le­vuka, eight from Lovoni, 10 from Mo­turiki, 19 from Mudu, eight from Nas­inu, six from Navukailag­i, 21 from Sawaieke and 12 from Van­u­aso.

Photo: DEPTFO News

From left: Su­per­in­ten­dent Salote Pana­pasa and Lo­maiv­iti Provin­cial Coun­cil chair­man, Joji Qarani­valu (right), with the Di­rec­tors of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at the Fiji Correction­s Ser­vice, af­ter the sign­ing of the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing. The sign­ing was wit­nessed by Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama and mem­bers of the Lo­maiv­iti Provin­cial Coun­cil.

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