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USP Fire Victim Students Thankful

The University of the South Pacific went out of its way to assist the students that lost everything in a fire last weekend. The students were left homeless after the
01 Nov 2015 11:33
USP Fire Victim Students Thankful
USP students after being assisted by the University of the South Pacific . PHOTO USP.

The University of the South Pacific went out of its way to assist the students that lost everything in a fire last weekend.

The students were left homeless after the double-story building they were renting caught fire at Tamasua Street, off Rukua Street in Nailuva.

USP through the Office of the vice-president (administration) with the commercial operations and book centre housed the students at the university’s residential property which is normally for expatriates.

Harsh Patel, 22, chairperson of Welfare and Development Committee for USP Students Association, thanked the VPA’s office and VPA Dr Dilawar Grewal and Umesh Prasad (director commercial operations) for assisting the students.

“We had gone home after the fire and when we returned on Monday we felt blessed to be given accommodation for the remaining four weeks of the semester as all the students are preparing for their exams,” the final year Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering student Mr Patel said.

“The quarters are like a hotel for us with all facilities available and we are grateful for the assistance.”

The double-storey building that burnt housed students from West, North, and central division as well as Kiribati students.

Mr Patel, who was also affected by the fire, thanked USP on behalf of all the students for their generousity.

“Never mind the tragic experience we had which is like hell for us but now whatever condition we are in, we feel like we are in heaven,” he said.

“USP has proven that together with academic excellence, they also provide a social excellence experience because when we needed the support they provided.”

The students are also being provided with breakfast, stationery items, USP apparel/clothing as majority of them had lost most of their belongings. They are also being helped by senior management team in terms of their assignments and projects which were also destroyed in the fire.

Vodafone Fiji also assisted the students with Sim cards, recharge and data support for the next few weeks. Students will also be assisted with groceries from tomorrow.

A USP student relief account at the Book Centre (#51476) has also been established and everyone is encouraged to assist in cash or in kind.

Feedback:  farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 



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