The Fiji Girmit Council was very successful in raising funds to build the Girmit Centre at Lautoka. The Fundraising drive was launched by Ratu Sir Kamesese Mara. The Fiji Government under Prime Ministership, gave the Council 12.5 acres of prime land at Lautoka, $150,000.00 in cash. Ratu Mara was also instrumental in inviting Mrs. Indira Gandhi to visit Fiji and while in Fiji she opened the first stage of the Girmit Centre. While opening Mrs. Gandhi donated a sum of $50,000.00.