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4000 Plus For Homes-CARE Help

4000 Plus For Homes-CARE Help
Many turned up to apply for the Homes-CARE assistance at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on May 16, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
May 17
10:00 2018

Police officers deployed to oversee crowd, road cones were also put up to ease the flow of traffic


More than 4000 people from the Nadroga-Navosa Province affected by the recent tropical cyclones were at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday for the Homes-CARE assistance.

In the effort to control the situation a team of Police officers from the Sigatoka Police Station had to be deployed. It was noted that people had queued up at the entrance right to the main road in the heart of Sigatoka Town. Road cones were also put up to ease the flow of traffic. The Homes-CARE initiative from Government is to assist all those who were affected by the recent Tropical Cyclone Keni and Tropical Cyclone Josie. The fund allocated to individuals range from $1000 to $7000.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa with her team of senior officials including the Permanent Secretary, Dr Jiosefa Koroivueta were on the ground to monitor the situation.

She said 21 of her staff members from the ministry had been deployed to assist in Lawaqa Park.

“It’s the final day for Sigatoka and as you can see there is a huge crowd out here; the important thing is that officers have announced the assistance is for damage on houses by Tropical Cyclone Keni and Josie,”Ms Vuniwaqa said.


Elderly people brave weather

Elderly people with age ranges within 60 up to 70-years-old were among those present at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday for the Homes-CARE assistance.

As a result of the large number seeking assistance, the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation specifically allocated a number of staff members to serve pregnant, elderly and disabled people.

Among them was 75-year-old Ivamere Tuvou from Rararua Village in Nadroga. She was a happy woman after she finally received the assistance of $1000.

“My house was flooded which damaged most of our household items, I couldn’t do much to save them because I am old, but thanks to this assistance I will be able to recover all these items,” she said.

Parwati Reddy, 62, of Cuvu in Nadroga said despite the hot weather condition she was determined to wait in the queue to get the assistance.

“I was here since 7am to get in line but by that time there were already a lot of people here waiting since 5am, but I want to thank the ministry for specifically allocating an area to serve us because of our condition,” Mrs Reddy said.

“This is a big help for us. With this $1000 I will be able to completely fix the roof top of our house which was destroyed in the tropical cyclone.”

Also among the crowd were Isimeli Bola, 68, Polione Ulunisau, 78, and 74-year-old Penisa Nailaga who came all the way from Navosa in the early hours and arriving at Lawaqa Park at 6am.

Edited by Percy Kean


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