Aiding victims to cope

Shayal Devi, Saturday, June 25, 2016.

WHILE many are focused on infrastructural rehabilitation after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, a group of dedicated Empower Pacific counsellors are working behind the scenes to provide services to those struggling to cope in the aftermath.

Four months on, these individuals are still travelling to some of the most-affected villages in Ra after having visited areas in Yasawa, Taveuni and other outer islands.

Empower Pacific has since provided assistance to more than 15,000 people across the country.

With this month expected to be the last of the outreach program, The Fiji Times spoke to Harrison Kautoga and Kelera Batibasaga, two senior counsellors with the NGO who have been on the ground since Winston.

Early start

Mere hours after Winston swept through parts of the country, Empower Pacific deployed a team of counsellors after liaising with disaster management authorities.

This was done to provide support to those who were left traumatised by the Category 5 storm.

Team leader Harrison Kautoga, a counsellor for more than eight years, said one of the main areas where services was mobilised was Ra Province, especially villages in the interior.

"We started off with psychological first aid counselling, that is to assess the safety, risks and health of children, women and all the family members," the 32-year-old said.

"Most of the villages in the interior had not been touched, maybe services have gone once like food rations, but they really need more."

Similar sentiments were echoed by his colleague Kelera Batibasaga, who said this was the first time in her eight-year stint as a counsellor to visit some of the villages in Ra.

"Out in Ra, it's a bit of a challenge because of the different environment," the 40-year-old said.

"When we usually go out into the community, we do things like training but if they (people) are identified by other stakeholders like the Health or Women's Ministry, then we go for counselling.

"Here, it's a new thing in that we are going to places we have never visited before."

Reception from villagers

Many living in urban and semi-urban centres are familiar with what counselling services entail.

However, for the population living in the highlands of Ra, this was a service they were not familiar with.

This meant that counsellors like Mr Kautoga and Mrs Batibasaga had to work hard to create awareness on the type of work they were involved in.

This was made easier by the provincial office as the roko tui Ra liaised with various turaga-ni-koro and explained the work Empower Pacific was doing on the ground.

"We had to explain what the services — counselling — was all about and they (people) thought counselling was when someone came to give advice on what to do or how to build houses," Mr Kautoga said.

"The provincial office helped them come to terms with what we were going to talk about, which was a real big help," Mrs Batibasaga explained.

Mr Kautoga said the reception from villagers was really good.

"They feel positive and there is a sense of hope for them to move on," he said.

"We have tried to clear that blockage and show people what is there to help support them. The outreach is expected to end later this month, but it depends on what the funding is like."

He said providing training at villages helped people develop communication skills they could use when dealing with anger, stress and time management.

Issues highlighted

Those who sought counselling services in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston discussed how difficult it was to cope with the situation.

Mr Kautoga said many people were stressed about rebuilding homes and rehabilitating farmlands.

"In terms of counselling, it helps to talk about what is happening and that is where we deal with these traumatic issues," he said.

Apart from adults, the team dealt with children affected after the cyclone.

Mr Kautoga said they trained parents on how to support children during this time because they tended to be scared whenever the weather started to deteriorate.

"Their schoolwork is affected and that is the feedback from some of the villages and this is a normal reaction after the cyclone."

He said parents needed to be supportive of their children and not scold them when they were feeling scared.

"Talking about issues really helps them and provides a therapeutic intervention for them. It also informs people on what opportunities are available or what they can hope for to rebuild their lives.

"Right now, they have started to see the services Government is providing, like the Help for Homes initiative, and their anxiety levels have started to decrease."

Food issues remained in some of the villages and Mr Kautoga said they would be passing on requests to the provincial office.

First time for counselling

In the hinterlands of Ra, Elesi Dausimoce is one of the hundreds who have been displaced by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

After their modest dwelling was destroyed, she was left feeling helpless and felt anxious about starting to rebuild.

Having no one but her husband to confide in, she was relieved when a team of Empower Pacific counsellors visited their temporary shelter in Navuniyaumunu Village in Ra this week.

"Nothing was left after the cyclone — we recovered the materials we could and my husband created a temporary home for us," the 25-year-old said.

A mother-of-three, Mrs Dausimoce said their main concern was rebuilding their home but talking with the counsellors had helped her see that life could begin anew.

The family has also pledged their faith in God, saying prayer has helped them in the most turbulent times.

She said those affected could lift a heavy burden off their shoulders if they talked about their problems instead of keeping it to themselves.

The family has since started to replant dalo, watermelon and vegetables on their farm, saying this would be sold to vendors in Rakiraki for additional income.

Hers is one of the many stories Empower Pacific counsellors have encountered during their outreach programs.

The organisation has also conducted counselling sessions in areas like Malake, Naivutu, Navavai and Narayaba.

 

Empower Pacific's senior counsellor Harrison Kautoga, right, talks to the turaga-ni-koro, Penasio Waqa, and his daughter Karalaini Natabua at Navuniyaumunu Village in Ra during a counselling sesson. Picture: JAI PRASAD

Empower Pacific's senior counsellor Harrison Kautoga, right, talks to the turaga-ni-koro, Penasio Waqa, and his daughter Karalaini Natabua at Navuniyaumunu Village in Ra during a counselling sesson. Picture: JAI PRASAD

Disaster leaves children in fear

Luke Rawalai, Saturday, April 30, 2016.

MORE than a month after Severe TC Winston swept through the villages of Navakawau and Vuna on the south end of Taveuni, children in both villages are still trying to heal from their traumatic experiences.

Navakawau villager Misaele Kelepi said children would still cry from the smallest rattling of house tins during adverse weather.

Mr Kelepi said children's movement in the village had been restricted since Severe TC Cyclone adding children were now more accustomed to living in the safety of their homes.

He said families chose to stay in their tents during the height of TC Zena as their children were scared of staying in their houses when mild winds rattled the corrugated iron of their homes.

"The experience of terror that children faced during the height of Severe TC Winston has been etched deep in their hearts," he said.

Villagers are having talks with non-government organisations for the provision of counselling services to the children and adults in the village.

Mr Kelepi said even though it was hard for villagers to forget the experience of Severe TC Winston, it was something that would leave a lasting memory for most of them.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea said psychiatric counselling was available through agencies such as Empower Pacific.

Counselling for 15,000

Felix Chaudhary, Thursday, April 28, 2016.

MORE than 15,000 people have received counselling in the wake of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston and due to the extent of need, counselling services are expected to continue for up to one year.

This was the view of Empower Pacific CEO Patrick Morgam, who said 26 counsellors had been on the ground for the past nine weeks and more counsellors were being sought from Australia and New Zealand in a bid to meet the high demand for services.

"We were on the ground the Monday after TC Winston and the reports we have received over the past nine weeks have been reflective of the trauma caused by Winston," he said.

"Our counsellors are exhausted but they continue to go out and provide psychological first aid and follow up treatment because the most vulnerable — children and the elderly — are really in bad shape.

"Whenever there's rain or lightning, the children cry and the elderly get agitated.

"We have also noted an increase in arguments within communities, children being distracted in school and absenteeism.

"These are all signs of trauma and if counselling is not provided then there are long term effects as well."

Mr Morgam said one issue Empower Pacific faced was access to resources.

"Immediately after TC Winston, UN Women and Australian Aid came forward with funds but we have not received anything else since," he said.

Need for counselling

Shayal Devi, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

MANY people in cyclone-affected areas will need long-term counselling services, says NGO Empower Pacific.

The organisation says it has noted an increase in the number of people seeking professional psychological help, particularly those from villages and settlements in the West.

So far, Empower Pacific has provided counselling services to about 8879 people in cyclone-ravaged areas. Out of this, 2792 were children.

"There is a growing need for counselling services in cyclone-affected areas and we have covered various villages and settlements in the Western Division with major focus in the districts of Rakiraki, Tavua and Ba," the NGO said.

Empower Pacific-based counsellors have been successful in covering villages in Nasau, Navuira, Veidrala and Malake in Ra.

In Tavua, the NGO has reached Nadala, Navai, Nadrau, Nagatagata, Buyabuya, Lewa and Waikubukubu.

Teams have also been placed on Vanuabalavu, Koro and Taveuni.

"We are continuously working to reach other affected areas and will continue to do so for the next three to four months. Our counselling centres are inundated with counselling services requests and we are exploring every avenue to meet these requests."

Work carried out by the organisation is supported by the Fiji Community Development Program through the Australian Aid and UN Women.

 

Crucial assessment

Charlene Lanyon, Monday, March 21, 2016.

PSYCHO-SOCIAL assessments conducted on women and children immediately after a natural disaster is crucial in identifying and addressing the specific needs of women and children.

UN Women's Representative in Fiji Aleta Miller said the funding it provided to Empower Pacific enabled counsellors to conduct mental health sessions with women after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston to address those needs.

"We have received reports of women feeling unsafe in evacuation centres, sexual harassment, increased workload and stress," Ms Miller said.

"Having this information early in the response means we can move quickly to work with Empower Pacific and other partner agencies to ensure that measures are put in place to prevent violence against children and women, and those women have access to important information and services."

Empower Pacific senior counsellor Bimla Madavan said a team was deployed to Rakiraki and other areas in the Western Division that were hit by the cyclone.

"We do assessments on the spot looking at emergency needs, identify any gaps and link people with the services they need."

"While flattened houses, destroyed crops and flooded villages are easier to identify, the psychological toll are not immediately apparent and can be pushed aside while families focus on securing food, water and shelter."

Counsellor Sisilia Siga, who covered the Lomaiviti and Lau island groups, said children were still traumatised by their experiences during the natural disaster.

More funding to assist women and children

Shayal Devi, Saturday, March 19, 2016.

UN women will provide further funding to Empower Pacific to allow further counselling sessions for those living in areas affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

In the aftermath of the cyclone, more than 20 staff of Empower Pacific were sent out to assess the situation on the ground and provide help to those in need.

UN Women's Fiji representative Aleta Miller said assessments such as those conducted by Empower Pacific were crucial for identifying and addressing the specific needs of women and children.

"We have received reports of women feeling unsafe in evacuation centres, sexual harassment and increased workload and stress," she said.

"Having this information early in the response means we can move quickly to work with Empower Pacific and other partner agencies to ensure that measures are put in place to prevent violence against children and women and women have access to important information and services."

Senior Empower Pacific counsellor Bimla Madavan said they conducted assessments on the spot by looking at emergency needs.

Initial reports also found evidence of depression, grief and trauma among affected communities.

At times, they found children rushing back to the place they sheltered in during the cyclone as the weather started to change.

"We can see the pain in their eyes and hearts," Ms Madavan said.

"They are back to square one and they have so much grief. At this time, we can only supply a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on."

In spite of the trauma and devastation, Ms Madavan said bonding within and between communities had grown stronger.

"It brought them together to support each other. We are all caring for each other."

'I cried with them'

Repeka Nasiko, Thursday, March 17, 2016

AN advisory councillor for three settlements in Nadelei, Tavua, has been working tirelessly each day since Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston hit the country nearly four weeks ago.

Hirdesh Nand said he had to walk more than 50 kilometres to Tavua Town the morning after the Category 5 cyclone hit on February 20 in search of help for residents.

"There were 44 households that were living without any homes," he said.

"When I went to each home to survey the damage all I could do was cry with them because most of them had lost everything.

"I lost part of my home too but I put my needs aside to try and help our people.

"This has been one of the most difficult and emotional experiences I've ever had since becoming advisory councillor. I see so many people without homes and with nothing left and they are coming to me for help."

He said many of the households did not have a secondary source of income that could help them recover.

"Most of them are vegetable farmers who lost everything. Our livestock farmers lost a lot of their animals during the cyclone.

"The day after Winston we had to collect a lot of our dead animals from the roadside and from the hills.

"Most of the farmers here are dairy farmers and they don't earn enough to be able to rebuild their homes."

He said some of the residents needed counselling after being traumatised by the experience.

"Many of them thought they were going to die on that night.

"So when Empower Pacific officials came to our area with food rations, I asked them to offer some counselling services to some of our people.

"Most of them will take a very long time to recover from this."

Hirdesh Nand at his damaged house in Nadelei, Tavua. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Hirdesh Nand at his damaged house in Nadelei, Tavua.
Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Psych support helps

Shayal Devi, Monday, March 14, 2016.

EMPOWER Pacific counsellors providing psychosocial support to those affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston say women, children, the elderly and farmers who have lost all crops are the most vulnerable clients.

CEO Patrick Morgam said apart from counselling, they provided food ration packs, women's hygiene and baby packs.

"As envisaged, the need for psychological first aid is tremendous," he said.

"Empower Pacific is striving to meet these needs and provide coverage to as many affected areas as possible. At the same time, the organisation is inundated with referrals for long-term psychosocial support."

Mr Morgam said they were deploying counsellors to meet this demand.

Some of the areas the organisation visited included Batiki, Nairai, Vanuabalavu and Nataleira in the Central Division.

Areas in Rakiraki have been a top priority for the NGO. Mr Morgam said some of the places they visited included Malake Island, Namuaimada, Navolau, Nakorokula Village, Cavucavu Settlement, Matawailevu, Ellington and Dugupatu Settlement.

In the North, counsellors visited villages in Cakaudrove, Bua and Nabouwalu.

"We appeal for financial support from major companies and organisations in Fiji," Mr Morgam said.

7000 benefit

Shayal Devi, Friday, March 11, 2016

MORE than 7000 people have benefitted from support services provided by west-based NGO Empower Pacific in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Chief executive officer Patrick Morgam said they deployed their first psychological first aid team of professional counsellors to affected areas immediately after the cyclone.

"Service personnel have been working tirelessly to reach and provide timely support to those who need psychological support to recover from the negative impact of the cyclone," Mr Morgam said.

According to Mr Morgam, the counselling aid would also help to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.

"It is humane, supportive and practical help provided to aid others who have experienced an extreme distressing event.

"Follow-up counselling support is also being offered to those who have been identified to be in need of long-term psychological support."

Salvation Army officers reach out to Ra Province

Mere Naleba, Thursday, March 10, 2016

Update: 12:00PM THE people of Province of Ra are now receiving relief supplies from a Salvation Army team.

Working in coordination with the National Disaster Management Office, the team on the ground which includes salvation army officers from Fiji and New Zealand are providing food, clothing, water, tarpulins and ropes, building materials and clothing to villages of Burelevu, Mataveikai, Nayaulevu, Vunisea, Naitivi, Nailawa, Namara, Nararavou, Nakorokula, Nauria, Nasavu, Nasukamai, Vanuakula and Rakiraki.

Salvation Army divisional commander, Major David Noakes said they had also been providing pastoral and psycho-social support to families who have lost everything.

"Our 48 officers have all been trained in cyclone response by Empower Pacific and have been very active in supporting families from the community in Savusavu, Nadi, Ba, Saweni and Tavua, where we have active Salvation Army Corps (churches)," Major Noakes said.

Food and supplies have also been distributed to villages in Ovalau Island.

NGO carries out psychological assessment

Losalini Bolatagici, Friday, March 04, 2016

Update: 7:00PM Psychological assessment is being done to those who experienced the wrath of severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This was revealed by National Disaster Management director, Akapusi Tuifagalele who said they were having contribution from the non-governmental organisations such as Empower Pacific, which is covering Taveuni.

Psychological needs

Charlene Lanyon, Saturday, February 27, 2016

THE psychological and emotional needs of individuals who experienced or witnessed the monster effect of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston should also be addressed.

Empower Pacific CEO Patrick Morgam said although basic need relief assistance was being provided by many organisations and donors the mental state of victims should also be considered.

"Many in the communities are traumatised especially children, women and elders," Mr Morgam said.

Mr Morgam said the organisation had deployed its crises response team (CRT) made up of counsellors and social workers to areas throughout Fiji.

"Our teams are also at evacuation centres and two teams have left for the maritime areas of Vanuabalavu, Gau, Nairai, Batiki in the Lomaiviti Group with Divisional Commissioner Eastern's Relief Team.

"Our initial focus is to provide follow-up counselling to those who need long-term psychological intervention.

He added three days of initial field work showed the urgent need for counselling as many were left traumatised and helpless after the cyclone experience.

"There are many cases of children who have been referred to us for counselling and for other needs.

"We are working round-the-clock to link them to other services provided in respect of their other needs.

"In terms of counselling needs, no doubt the uptake of counselling will increase as we continuously strive to reach more and more affected communities.

Disaster preparedness vital

Shayal Devi, Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DISASTER preparedness is an issue authorities need to address with communities at grassroots level.

This is why NGO Empower Pacific has a team of counsellors with specialised disaster recovery training to assist communities in times of disasters.

CEO Patrick Morgam said they encountered different problems with rural communities in the Western Division after Tropical Cyclone Evan struck two years ago.

"Empower Pacific assisted in a number of areas affected by the cyclone through the timely assistance from Australian Aid," Mr Morgam said.

"A total of 18 personnel provided psychological first aid to community members through group sessions targeting villagers, with special attention to children. More than 120 counselling follow-ups were conducted.

"There were also cases of domestic violence and anger management requiring counsellors' work," he said.

A damaged home in Rakiraki during Tropical cyclone Evan in 2012. Picture: Supplied

A damaged home in Rakiraki during Tropical cyclone Evan in 2012.
Picture: Supplied

$150,000 counselling centre to help vulnerable groups

Shayal Devi, Friday, March 07, 2014

A NEW $150,000 centre in Lautoka will offer specialised counselling and consulting services to women, children, sex workers, youths, inmates, people with disabilities, people living with HIV and other vulnerable groups.

The project is a partnership between NGO Empower Pacific and the Australian Government's Fiji Community Development Program.

Acting Australian High Commissioner Glenn Miles said the centre would enable the provision of appropriate and confidential counselling services to poor, marginalised and vulnerable target populations.

"Civil society organisations are key partners in delivering Australia's aid program, playing a vital role in improving the lives and livelihoods of the poor," he said.

Empower Pacific CEO Patrick Morgam said West communities would now have better access to counselling services. 

Business scheme

Shayal Devi, Monday, November 17, 2014

TWO years ago, small scale sugarcane farmer Ashneel Ram sought financial help to expand his farm.

The 30-year-old applied for assistance through the Empower Pacific Rural Credit Scheme and has moved on to vegetable farming and beekeeping at his residence in Drasa, Lautoka.

"I wanted to earn some other form of income rather than just relying on sugar cane," he said.

Now, he says, the farm is his major source of livelihood for his parents, wife and two children.

About 460 farmers in the Western Division received assistance through the Empower Pacific-operated and EU-funded Rural Credit Scheme.

Scheme manager Mohinesh Reddy said in total, 829 people were assisted since the program began three years ago.

About 369 people were assisted in the Northern Division.

"The average loan was $1250," he said.

"The goal was to provide extra income for families. To get the interest free loan, applicants had to have a business plan and participate in a business training session."

According to Mr Reddy, the scheme was drawing to a close as the last of the loans were issued this month.

"Although the European Union funding for this project has finished, Empower Pacific is examining the possibility of establishing its own similar scheme next year.

"There is a clear need for such schemes. We would like to see some form of loans available to low income families wanting to lift their income through establishing a small business.

"Future scheme would not be limited to those in the sugar industry."

 

Empower Pacific income generating officer Nafiz Mohammed with Ashneel Ram and the beekeeping equipment at his Drasa farm in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH


Financial assistance for farmers

Salaseini Moceiwai, The Fiji Times Friday, October 24, 2014

EMPOWER Pacific has assisted about 300 people financially in the cane belt areas of Macuata under its rural credit scheme.

In an interview during the Labasa market vendors' Diwali celebration on Wednesday, the organisation's northern branch manager, Nanise Waqamailau, said the three-year scheme was funded by the European Union.

"This is an alternative source of income for those associated with the sugar industry, most of whom are market vendors," Mrs Waqamailau said.

"We support economic sustainability and also the enhancement of the potential of the vulnerable ones in society.

"For the whole of the Macuata area, we have so far assisted more than 300 people but for the Labasa market alone, about 100 vendors have so far benefitted from the scheme.

"The scheme prioritises people living in the cane belt areas of Macuata but we are also planning to further extend such assistance to other parts of the North in the future."

Mrs Waqamailau added the EU-funded scheme was expected to end next month.

She said they would continue with their assistance to those who needed it from those areas.

"Empower Pacific is all about supporting economic sustainability and we are working in partnership with other stakeholders to help the vulnerable ones in society."

'Suicide is not the answer'

Shayal Devi, Thursday, August 14, 2014

TALKBACK shows will be organized by national NGO Empower Pacific to address the issue of suicide in our communities as a build-up to next month's World Suicide Prevention Day.

Lavinia Dakei, a counsellor for West-based Empower Pacific, said many people who were prone to suicidal tendencies had little or no outlet for emotional turmoil.

"They are generally under a lot of stress," she said.

"We need to inform the public that suicide is not the answer to the problems we face. Rather, talking to someone can be helpful in coping through the stresses in life and help is available through organizations like local health service and Empower Pacific.

She said next month's event would commemorate lives lost because of suicide and also those who attempted suicide.

"In addition, it is also to provide awareness to the public about suicide and its effects. Suicide is a growing concern in Fiji and impacts our society in many forms.

"It creates shock and distraught amongst families, friends and loved ones.

"Stigma is also attached to the particular incident and person. There are also financial impacts that arise within families financial commitments."

Poultry farming for 27

Repeka Nasiko, The Fiji Times, Friday, July 18, 2014

EMPOWER Pacific's Sugarcane Industry Supplementary Income Generation Opportunities Project has opened the door for 27 individuals from the Western Division to set up their own poultry farms.

The farmers had applied for loans under the rural scheme and were also given technical advice by officials from the Ministry of Primary Industries in a one-day workshop this week.

                               Ravin Kumar feeds his ducks at Navau, Ba. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

                               Ravin Kumar feeds his ducks at Navau, Ba. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Implemented by Empower Pacific, the program has assisted about 700 people in the region where many small micro businesses have been set up across different sectors in the agricultural industry.

Empower Pacific IGP field officer Aklesh Kishore said the program offered subsidised loans to start new projects such as poultry farming.

"We've had quite a lot of clients that want to get into poultry farming and it is something that has been very encouraging," Mr Kishore said.

"We had about 27 participants from Tavua, Ba, Lautoka and Nadi who all have their business plans and through this workshop we gave them technical advice on how to successfully run their poultry farms."

A direct beneficiary of the program is Navau sugarcane farmer Ravin Kumar who established a duck farm last year.

"It's very new but I have seen good income from this," he said.

"I've been a sugarcane farmer for a very long time and it has been a struggle which is why I decided to set up another business to earn money for my family.

"I want the farm to grow and hopefully it will."

Mr Kumar was also part of the poultry farming workshop held in Lautoka this week.

"The information that we got was very helpful and educational."

"The workshop gave us enough information that we needed to expand our farm."

FUNDING SUPPORTS HOSPITAL COUNSELING SERVICE

The Ministry of Health has formally signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the counseling organization Empower Pacific (formally known as Pacific Counseling & Social Services) to ensure expectant mothers and other hospital clients continue to receive quality counseling and social services.


Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma said, “Government is pleased to assist what has proven to be a very important service in the health and wellbeing of Fijians.”

“These counsellors identify issues regarding HIV, STIs and gender based violence. They also visit general hospital wards to assist any patient requiring counseling or social work support.

“The work they do is very important in keeping patients and families safe beyond the stay at the hospital.”

The Health Ministry is providing $250,000 to continue this service until the end of 2014. The agreement also ensures that all services will be of the highest standard possible.

In 2005, Empower Pacific initiated an Antenatal Program upon request from the Health Ministry, aimed at providing HIV/STI Counselling and Testing services to all expectant mothers going through the Antenatal clinics.

Patrick Morgam, Empower Pacific chief executive officer, said the funding would allow the service to operate free counseling and social work services.

“We are very grateful to the government for this funding. It ensures we can provide our services across the three major Divisional Hospitals in Fiji,” Mr Morgam said.

Last year, more than 12,000 clients attended Empower Pacific counseling centres at hospitals in Lautoka, Labasa and Suva. For the last couple of years, an average of 17, 000 to 20,000 individuals went through the Empower Pacific programs.

Situations such as pregnancy, serious illness or a long hospital stay can cause a lot of worries for a person and their family. Empower Pacific, Fiji’s largest counseling service, helps clients in finding the right approach and assistance to address these issues.

The goal is to maintain the health and wellbeing of the client and their family.

Source: http://www.fiji.gov.fj/Media-Center/Press-...