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Rotary Club helps repair widow’s house

Rotary Club helps repair widow’s house
From Left: Labasa Rotary Club president Rajneel Maharaj, Nileshni Narayan, Maya Wati and club member Vijendra Harash at Benau in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU
March 17
11:00 2017


Gone are the days of enduring life in a drenched house every time it rained.

Labasa widow Maya Wati, and her physically challenged daughter can now breathe a sign of relief.

Ms Wati, 62, a diabetic patient, and who has been living in the once rundown wooden house in Benau for 40 years, looks after her 32-year-old daughter.

Now they have a place they can call home.

This was after the Labasa Rotary Club spent around $4000 to repair and maintenance works on their one-bedroom house.

They completed this within a week.

Ms Wati said since the passing of her husband last year, things had been more difficult for her and her daughter, Nileshni Narayan.

“We always pray for rainwater to drink, but whenever it rained, the water leaks from the old rusted roofing iron, wetting all our belongings.

“Sometimes we run to our neighbour’s house for shelter in the night,” Ms Wati said.

Ms Wati said her daughter was born with a physical disability and she was always sickly.

“We survive on whatever allowance we get from the Social Welfare Department for which we are thankful for.

“We are also thankful to the Rotary Club of Labasa for their assistance. I do not know them personally.

“But I do know that they have made it possible for me and my daughter to sleep peacefully at night,” Ms Wati said.

Labasa Rotary Club president Rajneel Maharaj said after carrying out an assessment on the case, they were able to assist them.

“This is our first housing project for this year,” Mr Maharaj said.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra


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