Vaka Tautua kicks of Financial Literacy Programme
Vaka Tautua is excited to kick off the new Financial Literacy Programme. The programme aims to support Pacific families with a disabled family member on their journey to financial freedom.
Earlier in the month we welcomed Eugenie Hilate as the Financial Literacy Programme Coordinator and Ati Lata as a Financial Literacy Coach. Our Disability Advice Coordinator Pele Lam Sam also takes up a part time role as Financial Literacy Coach. We also warmly welcome two staff from our partner organization NiuHUB in Wellington – Malia Andrews-Falana’I and Kelera Kolikata as Financial Literacy Coaches.
The programme has been designed specifically for Pacific families. All topics are covered from a cultural perspective and with an understanding of obligations such as Fa’alavelave. Business Development Manager Kate Donley believes this is a vital element of the approach being taken.
“The reality is, Pacific families with a disabled family member struggle under financial stress. We understand disability, the demands on carers, the high cost of disability products, and that families are often unaware of the full disability entitlements available to them.”
“Our programme will teach families how to manage their money better and to improve their current lifestyle.” Says Kate Donley.
The programme model is based on the 2012 Tamaki Financial Literacy Programme which had proven success.
“I have learned how to control my spending. I have stopped smoking. Last week I started with the KiwiSaver. It was a hard decision to stop smoking but I am saving a lot of money”.
“The course has changed my habit on how I spend my money. I have never saved money in my life. Now 15 weeks later, I saved $1,500 with my boys – all of us together. Have just been to Australia to see some of my relatives I haven’t seen for a long time”. Said one family.
Our Financial Literacy Workshops for families with disability begin in late June so please get in touch if you would like to take advantage of this very worthwhile and FREE programme. You can call us on 0800 825 282 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.