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12 Couples Say ‘I Do’ In Yasawa Thanks To Govt Mobile Service

12 Couples Say ‘I Do’ In Yasawa Thanks To Govt Mobile Service
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa handover the marriage certificate to Mr Apisai and Mrs Timaima Daveta at Naisisili Village in Yasawa
August 23
16:56 2018

Villages in the Yasawa Islands were filled with happiness when a team of Government officials under the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) project conducted 12 civil marriages in their communities.

The villages are Yasawa-i-Rara, Teci, Tamusua, Navotua, Nacula, Naisisili, Yaqeta and Matacawalevu.

The first lot of civil marriages were conducted at the beachfront of Yasawa-i-Rara village. This is one of the most distant villages in the Tikina of Yasawa.

Although it is a normal event throughout the year to have tourists tie the knot on their beach front, this was a more special event as the villagers witnessed a historic and equally joyful occasion at the sight of their very own village members being wedded on the beach.

Speaking from Yasawa-i-Rara Kinisimere Momolevu could not hold back her tears when her son, Timoci Momolevu, tied the knot during this visit.

“Today I’ve witnessed something new and this is the first time that this is happening in Yasawa-i-Rara.

“We have definitely saved a lot of money from travelling to Viti Levu for a civil marriage.”

She added that she had been praying for a miracle to happen since its costly to travel and the franchise to their villages operates once a month.

“God heard my prayers and he brought the REACH team to our shores. Most times when we plan to go to Viti Levu there is another commitment in the village, and this prolongs our travel.”

Access to government services are limited because of the high cost of boats and limited franchise vessels for the island.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa travelled with the REACH team last week.

She said that the REACH programme’s main objective was to reach out to Fijians in the rural and remote areas.

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