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Decent Shelter For Nadi Families

Decent Shelter For Nadi Families
Adarsh Mudliar with volunteers from New Zealand in front of the transitional shelter built by Habitat for Humanity Fiji in Solovi, Nadi. Photo: Habitat for Humanity Fiji
July 05
10:00 2018

International volunteers from five countries have built eight homes so far this year in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HFH Fiji).

This is thanks to HFH Fiji’s Global Village programme that allowed the 98 international volunteers to experience a build event in Fiji.

Home partners Adarsh Mudliar, 23, of Solovi and Senirusi Tubunawasa, 64, of Sabeto, Nadi, were recent recipients of a Habitat Core House in the Western Division.

“The build was a great experience and I learnt a lot while working with Habitat Fiji carpenters and the volunteers.

“During the construction, I learnt a few skills to keep my home safe during cyclone and if it gets damaged then how to repair it well,” said Mr Mudliar.

HFH Fiji provides mandatory basic construction training to all its home partners so they may repair and maintain their houses.

Mr Tubunawasa said working alongside a group of international volunteers to build his house is an experience he will never forget.

Habitat Volunteer Programme field co-ordinator Paulina Rauto said the joy on home partner’s faces when the house is completed, is the most rewarding part of the journey.

HFH Fiji believes that every Fijian family should have access to their basic right to adequate housing in the most practical and cost-effective way.

Two volunteer teams from Habitat for Humanity New Zealand and Habitat for Humanity Canada completed building Mr Tubunawasa’s and Mr Mudliar’s house in five days.

Since 2011, volunteers from USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have been assisting Fijian families with a decent home through their kind contribution and efforts.

Volunteer Mira Gordic from Canada said that volunteers value HFH Fiji’s partnership and passion to assist needy families with Habitat for Humanity Fiji.

HFH Fiji looks forward to build 10 more homes with international volunteers in 2018.

 

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