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HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS – New Home for Farmer Halima

NGO has installed 40 new homes and repaired 20 rural community water systems so far Peni Drauna Labasa Halima Bi, 65, was over the moon when Habitat for Humanity Fiji
05 Aug 2014 08:01

NGO has installed 40 new homes and repaired 20 rural community water systems so far

Habitat for Humanity Fiji volunteers assist in constructing a new house for Halima Bi at Bulileka in Labsa yesterday. Photo: Peni Drauna

Peni Drauna
Labasa
Halima Bi, 65, was over the moon when Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HFHF) showed up at her doorstep yesterday morning to build a new house for her family at Bulileka in Labasa.
“I’m very happy for the help because I have been waiting for so long for this.” Mrs Bi said.
Her husband, Rahim Buksh, suffered from stroke a few years ago. She worked tirelessly on the field harvesting her six-acre of sugarcane farm and selling milk from cows to neighbours.
“Being the breadwinner of the family it is very hard to carry out repairs or even build a new home,” Mrs Bi said.
Habitat for Humanity Fiji national director Masi Latianara said; “We normally look at families that have sugarcane farming backgrounds and are vulnerable.
“The building of these new homes comes under our Social Mitigation Support Programme and we look into sugarcane farming belts families who are in need of new homes and those who needs repairs.
“So far HFHF will also be installing and repairing seven rural community water systems, cyclone-retrofitting 117 houses, conducting repairs on 20 houses and providing seven communities with health hygiene training.”
HFHF has already completed 40 new homes installed and repaired 20 rural community water systems in the sugarcane belt from Sigatoka to Rakiraki.
HFHF has renovated or repaired close to 2000 houses since it was founded in 1991.
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