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Disadvantaged Youth

posted 9 Jun 2009, 16:12 by Fiji MSC Mission   [ updated 16 Oct 2015, 23:07 by Robati Tebaiuea MSC ]
I minister to a group of young men on the streets of Suva. I work with them on the streets, in court, and in prison. I’m in contact with them 3 times a week (twice on the streets and once in prison). Their needs are for clothing, medicine, toiletries, education, school fees and food. Many of the boys dropped out of school because of lack of money and found themselves on the streets. I have been able to get some of them to do a few more years of school (but that depends on whether I have the money.) They mostly shine shoes for a living. They earn a dollar a shine. They are often pressured into committing petty crimes like stealing. 

There are 40 young men from backgrounds of poverty and rejection; most live on the streets, some in prison. I work alone with the approval and support of my MSC Community and Superior. The youths in the parish (St Agnes) often do pastoral work with me.

When the financial need arises I write to people to help out. At this moment I don’t have any financial resources. Over the years I have asked for donations so as to help the youths on the streets. Fr Adrian has often helped.


My objective is to help disadvantaged young men, usually between 13-24, who can return to school, achieve better prospects of gaining employment and so improve both their health and income potential. In this way these youths can better their lives, stay out of prison, contribute to society and lead crime-free lives.