Collaborative Partnership: JP Bayly Trust and Empower Pacific Sign MOU

Published: 12th Sep 2023

Two of Fiji’s leading charities, the JP Bayly Trust and Empower Pacific have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The Bayly Trust, which is one of Fiji’s longest serving charities, will celebrate its 70 years of service with the supply of physical wants and the medical care of the sick, aged destitute, poor helpless persons without regard to creed or class.

JP Bayly Trust chairman, Digby Bossley (left) and Empower Pacific chief executive officer, Patrick Morgam after the signing of the MOU in Lautoka.

The Trust currently provides food rations from its branches in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa to more than 400 families and also assists in the education needs of more than 500 students from kindergarten to tertiary level. The Trust also has a scholarship scheme for students pursuing higher education.

The Trust is governed by five Trustees who are full-time volunteers.

Empower Pacific, which has its head office in Lautoka, was legally registered as a Trust in 1994. They seek to enhance the full potential of communities by working in partnership with the Government and other community agencies to ensure a holistic model of professional health service.

Empower Pacific offers a variety of programs that are aimed at encouraging health, including mental health and wellbeing, as well as facilitating opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Recently, the Trust has been referring cases where counselling is required to Empower Pacific and at the same time, Empower Pacific has directed some of their cases to the Trust for food and education requirements.

In order to further strengthen the relationship between the two charities, it was agreed to enter into a closer association by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

The MOU was signed at the Empower Pacific head office in Lautoka on September 12 by the Chief Executive Officer of Empower Pacific, Mr. Patrick Morgam and Mr. Digby Bossley of the JP Bayly Trust.

Empower Pacific CEO, Mr Patrick Morgam commended the JP Bayly Trust on their 70 years of dedicated service and are truly accepted as the true Good Samaritan, a valuable essence that very much exists with our local NGOs to serve our people of Fiji.

“JP Bayly Trust is a well-recognised NGO and we are proud to establish a MOU for the better service provision for the vulnerable that are in need of our assistance through this joint partnership,” he said.