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Organisation helps needy families

December 31
12:00 2009

Written By : ELLEN STOLZ. The motto for Quota International Organization (QIO) is ‘We Share.’
QIO Ba President, Dhaerya Prakash, said most people did not know that the organisation assist families in times of need.
“2009 has been a very challenging year for the organisation but despite some minor setbacks, the organisation continues to reach out to the people and lend a helping hand whenever there is a crisis,” Mrs Prakash added.
Quota International is renowned for its service locally and globally.
In January 2009, when torrential rain and flash flooding caused extensive damage to western Viti Levu, the Ba Quotarians responded immediately and came out to support the flood victims in Ba.
“We contacted South Pacific area liaison officer, Beris Prichard, for assistance and Australia and New Zealand Quotarians were quick to respond.
“Donations began to come in and it included food packs, kitchenware, clothing and beddings for families affected.
“Students received stationeries to assist them at school and their school fees were paid for as well as their bus fares,” she added.
Three medical officers, Doctor Bharat Bali, Dr Saiyed Hassan Dean and Dr Rovina Khan, volunteered to collaborate with Ba Quotarians to provide medical service to people in three medical camps in Ba.
“In December 2009, when Cyclone Mick hit Fiji, it left many homeless and devastated.
“Quota International came to the rescue again and helped to support the victims of flash flooding and strong winds that accompanied Cyclone Mick.
“We found out that the people of Navua were in desperate need of support. We spoke to the doctor on call in Ba and then armed with medicine, clothings and food packs, a small group of quotarians visited 30 families and helped them,” explained Mrs Prakash.
Medicine boxes were also handed over to the sister in charge, Sister Metu Qarau of Navua Hospital while military officers and volunteers and a health team at Navua Hospital assisted in cleaning up.
Food packs were also distributed to people badly affected by the cyclone in Waidova and Vakabelia.
“Though our work is tiring, at the end of the day the work we do as a Non-Governmental Organisation gives us great satisfaction.
“It is a heartfelt situation to see everyone putting their heads together to rebuild their homes,” Mrs Prakash added.

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