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Big Turnout For Homes-CARE Help

Big Turnout For Homes-CARE Help
Police Constable , Patrick Nayacalagilagi monitors the crowd at Nawaka Village Hall in Nadi on 1st May 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
May 02
11:00 2018

Police officers were deployed to Nawaka Village Hall in Nadi to help monitor the situation as people came in droves to lodge their application for the Homes-CARE Assistance.

The Homes-CARE assistance is an initiative by the Government man­aged by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to give affected and eligible house­holds the resources to repair or re­store their damaged or destroyed homes in the wake of tropical cy­clones Josie and Keni this year.

Nawaka Village Committee mem­bers were asked to step in to moni­tor people coming in to lodge their applications.

Committee secretary Akuila Doko said people started lodging their applications since Monday.

“People were here since 4am be­fore the hall opened. The ministry officials usually come in at around 8am to start their work and today we had to ask people to vacate the hall so that we can come in and open it. The porch was full of peo­ple,” he said.

“It has reached a point where the police have been called in to assist because we cannot cope with the large number of people. Right now there are about 2000 people here and the number is expected to in­crease by midday today,” he added.

Mr Doko said nothing much that could be done because these were people whose homes were destroyed in the recent floods and they were in desperate need of as­sistance.

“Police have been brought in to monitor those applicants who want to lodge their applications twice because the rule is only one member of the family can apply for the assistance. If the father ap­plies then the son isn’t permitted to apply, especially for those who live in the same house,” he added.

Nawaka villager Asinate Sau, 68, said her home was destroyed in the recent floods.

“I came yesterday (Monday) but because of the large number of people I wasn’t able to lodge my ap­plications with ministry officials that is why I came again today (yesterday),” she added.

Edited by Epineri Vula.


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