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ChildFund New Zealand holds workshops and stakeholders’ consultations in Betio

ChildFund’s Danica Waiti (2nd L) and Shona Jennings (far R.), pose with participants of the workshop for male parents.

ChildFund’s Danica Waiti (2nd L) and Shona Jennings (far R.), pose with participants of the workshop for male parents.

ChildFund New Zealand, in collaboration with the Kiribati Local Government Association, (KiLGA), is running a series of workshops and stakeholders’ consultations from 27 January to 5 February at the BTC boardroom in Betio aimed at gathering information and developing relations with stakeholders and potential working partners. This is ChildFund’s second visit to Kiribati and, with this visit, their focus is on talking directly to communities, starting with Betio.

The workshop and consultations were conducted by ChildFund’s Programme Director, Shona Jennings and Development Effectiveness Advisor and PNG Programme Manager, Danica Waiti, with interpretation and facilitation assistance provided by Rae Bainteiti, President of the Kiribati Children’s Campaigners’ Network (KCCN) and staff of KiLGA. The workshop participants come in three groups of between 6 to 10 males and females, with mothers and fathers forming one group, children aged 10-14 forming another and those aged 15-30 forming the third. All participants were selected by the BTC Community and Youth Officers.

ChildFund New Zealand is working in several regional countries, including PNG in the Pacific, and is processing the setting up of a programme in Kiribati. The organization’s work focuses on children’s life improvements, something that is much needed and increasingly so, in Kiribati’s urban areas. It is also relevant to KiLGA’s work since all the 23 Councils have preschools and youth groups that could benefit from the services and programmes of ChildFund.


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