ECREA is Caritas’ key development partner in Fiji. They bring together leaders from major religious denominations and collectively reflect and act to promote the rights of the poor.
ECREA grounds its action through a combination of development projects, humanitarian relief work, and advocacy for the rights of the poor. We have been working together since 1998.
About 45 percent of the Fijian population live in poverty and one in 12 live in informal (squatter) settlements. These are makeshift housing settlements on the edges of urban areas. ECREA has decades of involvement with Fiji’s poor - this led to its forming and developing the People’s Community Network (PCN). The network has developed local leadership and encouraged savings by residents, to use for their own development initiatives. The PCN has managed to organise a quarter of the approximately 180 informal settlements in Fiji. It is a mark of ECREA’s success that the PCN recently spun off as a separate organisation.
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