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Bi Thanks Homes-CARE Help

Bi Thanks Homes-CARE Help
Sixty two year old , Zarah Bi at Nawaka Village Hall in Nadi on 1st May 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
May 02
11:00 2018

Sixty-two-year-old Zhara Bi left her home at Nawajiku­ma settlement at about 6am yesterday to lodge her application for the Homes-CARE Assistance at Nawaka Village hall in Nadi.

The mother-of-five was among close to 2000 people living in the area to seek the assistance under the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Government’s comprehensive Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) for Fiji, is dedicated to helping affected Fijians recover from Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni.

Homes-CARE will assist low-in­come Fijians whose homes were damaged or destroyed – or whose possessions were lost or damaged by floodwaters – by providing sub­stantial Government relief to re­pair, rebuild, and replace what was lost.

The funds range from $1500 to $7000.

More than 20 social welfare offic­ers were based at the hall to service people whose homes were damaged in the recent floods in Nawaka Tramline, Nawaka Village, Koro­ciri Settlement, Vili’s Line Settle­ment and Nawajikuma Settlement.

Ms Bi lives at the settlement with her mentally-ill 35-year-old daugh­ter and her four-bedroom home was among the more than 500 houses which were damaged in the recent floods.

Her husband died 12 years ago and they depend on the monthly assistance from social welfare to sustain them while all her other four children are married and set­tled in their individual homes.

“I woke up in the morning at around 5am, prepared my daugh­ter’s breakfast before coming here, but when I came here there were a lot of people already waiting in the line since 4am,” Ms Bi said.

“Our four-bedroom house was completely destroyed by flood wa­ters. We have lived there for more than 30 years and it’s been hard for us to rebuild our lives because we don’t have any money. Every month we depend on the assistance from social welfare.

“I want to thank Government for such initiatives to help people like us,” Ms Bi added.

Mitieli Mataidigi, 38, of Nawaka Village said that his home was partly damaged in the recent floods.

“I am a farmer with six children and my farm too was destroyed in the recent floods,” he said.

“It’s been hard for me for the past few weeks because some of the es­sential household electric appli­ances were destroyed in the flood,” he added.

Edited by Epineri Vula.

Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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