social responsibility

At the heart of our commitment to social responsibility is Punja & Sons founder-director and vice chairman Mr. Kanti Lal Punja.

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see” says Mr. Punja. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Fiji by the late President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara for a lifetime of work in community initiatives.

“It’s an inner self satisfaction that drives me” adds Mr. Punja, who serves on numerous charity boards such as the Lion Club of Lautoka, the Golden Age Home and Fiji Sevashram Sangha - Charitable Organisation. He hopes to continue his journey of charity work.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

New Health Centre

We believe health care is a universal right. Punjas has fully funded the construction of a new community health centre in Lautoka. Fiji’s Ministry of Health will be responsible for ongoing medical services in the Cakau Street centre that was opened by The Prime Minister, Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, 14 January 2015, inaugurated the Punjas Medical Centre in Lautoka, a project of Punjas Charity Trust.

The health facility includes an ambulance bay, two consultation rooms, a ramp for bed transfers, a records room, a pharmacy, a staff kitchen, cleaning and change room with shower facilities and amenities for people with disabilities.

Punjas Children’s Park
We believe physical activity plays a crucial role in child development. Punjas Children’s Park provides a safe and environmentally-friendly space for the community to enjoy outdoor physical activity.

Golden Age Home
We believe in the sanctity of our elders. Punjas has a 20 year affiliation with the Golden Age home. A quality assisted care facility for senior citizens that foster independence and encourage social networks is not easy in a developing country.

Natural Disasters
When natural disaster strikes, Punjas is committed to being one of the first responders to affected communities.

Monthly Food Parcels
Punjas monthly food parcel program helps feed underprivileged families with Punjas products such as flour, rice, oil and other household goods.

School Lunch Parcels
We know that children learn better with food in their stomachs. In some of our poorest communities, not being able to afford lunch is the main cause of children not attending school.
Two years ago we began supplying every student in Fiji’s most underprivileged school with “khichdi” an Indian staple comfort food popular for its easy digestibility and rich in carbohydrates and protein.

We now provide lunch parcels to seven schools, for students identified by teachers as ‘in need’.

Scholarships
We believe that the first tool to combat poverty is education. Punjas supports the education of underprivileged students so they will be equipped to help themselves.

We pay full tuition, stationary and text book fees for 120 primary school students, 60 high school students and 5 tertiary students.

Last Rights Assistance
We understand that the death of a loved one can bring an overwhelming financial burden. We purchase coffins or cremation firewood to assist underprivileged families during an emotionally-taxing time.

Water for Life
Punjas partnered with The Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation to provide clean, safe and sustainable drinking water to impoverished rural communities. As corporate donor, Punjas contributed a $150,000 grant.

Disabilities Association
Punjas has helped the Western Disabilities Association bring in assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, etc.

Medical
Punjas sponsors airfares & medical treatment for underprivileged patients who need to travel for medical assistance.

Hospital Refurbishments
Punjas funded the refurbishment of the children’s ward at Lautoka Hospital.