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SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 21, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The government of Tuvalu has established a memorial fund to help rehabilitate the survivor victims of the recent boarding school fire tragedy on the island of Vaitupu.

Tuvalu's High Commissioner to Fiji, Enele Sopoaga, launched the Motufoua Victims Memorial Fund at the High Commission in the Fiji capital, Suva.

Mr. Sopoaga said Tuvalu is grateful for the concern expressed by the Fiji government and people for the 18 young girls and their school matron, who died in the fire.

He said the people and government of Tuvalu are still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

The High Commissioner said the purpose of the fund is to assist the survivors who lost all their possessions in the fire and the appeal in Fiji is to encourage further donations and assistance.

Contributions may be sent to the Motufoua Victim’s Memorial Fund, Office of the Prime Minister, Private Mail Bag, Funafuti, Tuvalu, Central Pacific.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.



FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (March 20, 2000 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---The outer islands of Tuvalu will benefit from the proceeds of a trust fund, invested with fund managers in Australia.

The Tuvalu government said the fund’s earnings will be distributed for community projects in proportion to each island’s original contribution.

"The money will be used for such things as improvements of roads, maintenance of community assets such as primary schools, and dispensaries," said Secretary of Internal Affairs Sevi Lausavevi. "It will also go to income-generating projects that would be accommodated by the fund."

He said the fund will be exempt from Australian taxation.

For additional reports from Radio Australia/Pacific Beat, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia/Pacific Beat.

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