The REACH project and wedded bliss
June 27, 2018 12:55 am
The Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion Project better known as REACH continues to celebrate its three years of achievements with some unusual stories.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare Dr. Josefa Koroivueta say’s its heart-warming that through the mobile service delivery of the REACH project, wedding planning has also made it to the agenda.
Dr. Koroivueta highlights that under the Project, a bus is used to roll out the services to Fijians in rural communities to ensure accessibility to basic government services.
Among the services on offer is the Ministry of Justice’s registry of births, deaths and marriages.
“People that have been living in partnership for many years could not access basic things like civil marriages and I’m told within the REACH program, they were able to do that, five getting married on the Bus.”
The REACH project since 2015 has assisted close to 15 000 Fijians taking government services to 808 communities across the country.
In addition to the services, awareness was carried out with communities by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, the Legal Aid Commission, the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission among other institutions.