Poverty Affects 30% Of Families In French Polynesia

Humanitarian associations expand operation to assist

By Lucile Guichet, Teupoo Fatupua Avae

Translated by Jennifer Vehia Wheeler

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (Polynésie 1ère, Oct. 17, 2016) – Today, declared World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty, we look at what are the measures to help families in French Polynesia.  Humanitarian associations continue to expand their operations, often with ridiculous conditions.

The Red Cross is one of the oldest associations in French Polynesia.  Since 1933, it's mission hasn't changed, but it's business continues to grow.  In six years, five social grocery stores have emerged and 120 volunteers have joined the ranks.

In Pirae, more than 3,000 people have been welcomed since the beginning of the year by which certain families have been identified by the Social Welfare Fund to receive welfare. 

Another association, Te arata, is one of the four shelters apart of Emauta Catholic associations.  Six monitors and one psychologist are there for families in difficult situations.  The stays vary from 3 months to 1 year.  And since the beginning of this year, 25 to 30 families have already been housed in emergency. 

In French Polynesia, there exists 12 shelters.  Poverty affects 30% of families and is a disturbing phenomenon as more and more minors are living on the streets.   

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