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NZ Church Constructs Home For A ‘Deserving Family’

NZ Church Constructs Home For A ‘Deserving Family’
Teresia Marama and Akuila Were (right) in front of the newly constructed house in Lovu Lautoka on October 10, 2018. Inset: The couple standing in front of their old home. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
October 11
10:00 2018

A church based in New Zealand has given new meaning to the lives of a family of four in Lovu, Lautoka.

The C3 Church which has a charitable arm manages projects for those in need.

Akuila Were, his wife and two children had been living in a shack for the past two years.

Mr Were said he had planned to save and buy building materials for a proper house but it never eventuated.

Last week, the C3 Church and its members got together to build a home for the family.

Mr Were said: “Our house used to leak when it rained and it made it very difficult for my children to study.”

He said he could not believe that his dreams had finally come true.

“I dreamed of having a good house but was never able to construct one for my family,” he said.

“We have been staying in the temporary shelter and it becomes very difficult for us especially during the rainy season.

“Sometimes rain continues to fall on top of us and inside our own house and there was nothing that we could do,” he said.

Mr Were said that flooding was also a major concern.

“I knew that it was not the life that I ever wanted for my family,” he said.

Mr Were said he was approached by a a church member of the C3 last week who said that they would assist the family in the construction of the new house.

“I did not know what to say to them right at that moment,” he said.

Mr Were said that the construction started on Monday last week.

He said that the house was built within four days by the church mebers with the assistance of the villagers.

“They were very fast in building the house,” he said.

His wife, Teresia Marama was very grateful for the assistance.

“We have always wanted to live in a proper house which is not leaking and now our dream has come true.”

Their children are in Year 9 and 12.

The newly-constructed house has two bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen and little porch.

One of the members of the church who helped in the construction is Jesse Rudolph.

Mr Rudolph is a luxury home builder and shared his experiences and what it meant to build a home for the Were family.

On his Facebook profile Rudolph said it was an emotional moment for the entire team.

“As my son handed over the keys, Mrs Marama fell to her knees and wept,” he said.

“I have built houses for people with not even getting so much as a ‘thank you’.

So to give this house to a well-deserving family and seeing their appreciation was pretty much the highlight of my career so far,” he said.

It was the first project for Mr Rudolph in Fiji who added: “I was glad to be doing something good for the people.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa




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