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Villagers Aspire To Rebuild Lives

Villagers Aspire To Rebuild Lives
People of Rokoroko village in Ra having a photo session in front of the newly build house which was constructed through Help for Home initiative
July 14
11:08 2016

Rokoroko villagers in the Ra province are determined to rebuild their lives by working together after the destruction left behind by severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Only 10 days after the cyclone, the first house was rebuilt.

Rokoroko village headman, Eparama Nalawa said that rebuilding their homes would just have been a distant dream if it wasn’t for the Help for Home initiative.

“We are happy with the commitment of the villagers to work together to rebuild the homes. Rokoroko has a total population of 126 people and our major source of living is through small scale farming. Of the 26 houses, 17 were partially damaged while 9 homes were completely damaged.

“After the cyclone, we only thought as to how we were going to rebuild these homes. If it wasn’t for the Help for Home, we would not have been able to rebuild these homes, each of the 9 families whose homes were completely damaged were assisted with $7000 e-card.

“After the village meetings we had emphasized on the need for us to work together to build stronger structures. We have completed the first home, 5 carpenters from our village have assisted in building this new home and we will continue to work on other 8 homes, till all of it is completed.

Mr Nalawa was also grateful to the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama for the Government initiative.

“Such assistance has motivated us to work together for the betterment of our community,” Mr Nalawa elaborated.

Laisenia Waqanivanua, one of the beneficiaries of the Help for Home was excited to move into his new home.

“My family had lost everything in cyclone Winston and building a new home wouldn’t have been possible without the Help for Home initiative. For weeks we had to live in the community hall, but we are looking forward to move in our own home, just couldn’t believe that we had managed to build this new house in this short time,” Mr Waqanivanua said.

Rokoroko Women’s Group president, Elena Navuwaku said women are also looking forward to rebuild their lives on a positive note.

“As a group, we also provide helping hand to our families, in terms of ensuring that our children are well looked after and they attend their classes regularly. So it’s really about working together to look after the welfare of our families and communities,” Ms Navuwaku said.

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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