Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says there are many Fijians now who are better off because of the work of Peace Corps in Fiji
The former President was chief guest at the launch of the gallery exhibit of Peace Corps in Fiji at the Fiji Museum on June 28.
He said the work that Peace Corps had done gave encouragement, broadened horizons and the companionship that they had given to the families were treasured.
He thanked the Peace Corps in Fiji for the work they were doing.
After the launching, members of the public can now visit the gallery exhibit at the Fiji Museum.
The launch at the Fiji Museum veranda was part of celebrations for their 50th anniversary.
Peace Corps Fiji country director Dennis McMahon said: “We are launching a gallery exhibit with pictures for last 50 years in Fiji.
“The gallery is intended to show some of the images that reflect the different aspects of Peace Corps service here.
“They show cultural exchange and the technical exchange that happens through our volunteer service.”
Mr McMahon said the exhibit, which was launched for the first time showed the volunteers creativity and skills.
He said the importance of this event was to build friendship and collaboration between the people of the United States of America and Fiji.
He said the Peace Corps started in Fiji in 1968 and had been here all of the past five decades.
“We had volunteers over those years to serve in education, agriculture, forestry and business development and currently our programme is on youth development,” Mr McMahon said.
The volunteers educate villagers about different aspects of cultures and share their American culture and get to understand Fijian culture at the same time.