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Ba Festival Helps Victims of Home Fires

Dhirendra Kumar of Vatiyaka, Ba, and Ripnesh Kumar of Varadoli, Ba, both received a $300 cheque each yesterday for housing assistance. This was provided for by the Ba Farmers Carnival
19 Nov 2015 10:30
Ba Festival  Helps Victims of Home Fires
Ba farmers carnival commitee president Jaias Kumar(far right) hands over a cheque of $300 to Ripnesh Kumar in Ba yesterday and beside him (left) is Ba farmers Carnival 2015 Miss Rarawai Sector Shonal Varisha.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU

Dhirendra Kumar of Vatiyaka, Ba, and Ripnesh Kumar of Varadoli, Ba, both received a $300 cheque each yesterday for housing assistance.

This was provided for by the Ba Farmers Carnival Committee to help Dhirendra family of four and Ripnesh’s family of eight after losing their homes in a fire.

Ba Farmers’ Carnival committee president Jaias Kumar said the committee’s main function was to help the needy.

“We feel really happy to assist these two families in their time of need in fact at least we are contributing something to help them get back on their feet,” he said.

“We have been doing this for other families for the past five years but we raised $12,000 last year and thats some of the things the national farmers union and the committee are doing to help the communities here.”

Mr Ripnesh, 36, said he was grateful for the assistance being provided.

“My house was destroyed in a fire on Friday, July 24 at about 11.30pm, we were all sleeping,” he said.

“It was my mother who woke up and smelt the smoke luckily no one was injured but today (yesterday) I’m happy to be receiving this money and we will also be applying for the social welfare assistance.

“I plan to buy some of the housing materials and at the moment we are staying at my neighbour’s house. We’ve been staying there since July but something is better than nothing.”

Mr Dhirendra, 53, said the fire started from an electrical fault from the middle of his house.

“The fire happened on August 30 this year and since then we have been staying with our neighbour who is overseas at the moment,” he said.

“We weren’t home when our house burned down and my neighbour called us and told us our house was burning down but by the time we got there three quarter of the house was gone.”

He said he would also wait for his social welfare assistance and then start rebuilding his home. I will make sure I have enough before I start on my house.”

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