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Fiji Sun Reader Gets Help To Provide For Family

Inia Komaicawala is an avid reader of the Fiji Sun. One day he read an article in the newspaper about family assistance provided by the Ministry of Women, Children and
01 Jul 2015 13:21
Fiji Sun Reader Gets Help To Provide For Family
Inia Komaicawala (left), receiving a new brush cutter from Permanent Secretary for Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

Inia Komaicawala is an avid reader of the Fiji Sun.

One day he read an article in the newspaper about family assistance provided by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

The assistance is to help families become self reliant and not dependent on Social Welfare handouts.

Mr Komaicawala, 53, is a roadside green coconut seller of Jittu Estate, Raiwaqa, Suva, to supplement his Social Welfare allowance. It is a tough business and the income he earns is not enough to sustain his family of four children.

He decided to follow others who have sought help from the ministry to start self-help projects. He made a request for a new brushcutter and prayed fervently for a positive outcome.

On Monday his prayers were answered.

He was overwhelmed when he received a new $700 brush cutter tool to help him earn a daily income. He estimates that he will earn much more from cutting grass in people’s compounds.

“I have 4 children who are still schooling and my wife is a domestic worker. I have been selling coconuts by the roadside to support my family and I was facing financial difficulties. I had read an article in Fiji Sun about the Ministry assisting families through livelihood programs. Then one day, my prayers were answered when I had the opportunity to meet with Madam Minister (Rosy Akbar).

“I told her about the challenges I faced and I requested for this tool to help my family. My children receive welfare allowances, but I know that through my hardwork I can still support my children without having to depend on social welfare. We all have to work hard to become self-sufficient.

“It is very kind of this government to assist families who are in need of opportunities to improve their livelihood. I want my children to be well educated and this tool will help me to save some money for their future,” Mr Komaicawala said.

Ms Akbar said that through such initiatives, the ministry tried to reach out and empower needy families.

“This assistance is part of the Ministry’s Welfare Gradation Program, through which we equip individuals with tools and skills to help them uplift their lives. We have assisted families through such initiatives and the results are encouraging. Livelihood programs offer great incentives to such families, gives them confidence to work hard and earn a decent living for themselves,” Ms Akbar said.

After monitoring Mr Komaicawala progress for six months, he will then be eased out from the Social Welfare system.

 




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