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$70m Home Help

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, as promised, publicly announced yesterday that his Government was ready to help rebuild homes devastated by Cyclone Winston. At Suvavou House, the PM announced one of
10 Apr 2016 13:03
$70m Home Help
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while announcing Home initiatives and launch of Adopt a school website yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, as promised, publicly announced yesterday that his Government was ready to help rebuild homes devastated by Cyclone Winston.

At Suvavou House, the PM announced one of the initiatives in the first phase of Government’s national rebuilding effort – Help For Homes.

The $70million initiative, he said, was designed to benefit affected Fijians who did not have the financial means to repair their homes – households whose annual income falls under $50,000.

“Government’s number one priority was to rebuild Fiji and to “Build Back Better” – better than before, stronger than before,” he said at the announcement.

“Public infrastructure and housing built to proper standards to withstand future cyclones and to save us the money and the misery that Winston has cost us.”

These households will receive a pre-paid electronic card, like M-PAISA, with a set amount on it and a pin number to buy the building materials from selected hardware outlets.

The amount on the card will depend on the cost of damage to people’s homes – a $1500 limit for partial roofing damage, a $3000 limit for serious roofing damage and a $7000 limit for almost or completely demolished homes.

The names of individuals whose homes the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has identified as partially or severely damaged would be used to verify the claims made by applicants.

Mr Bainimarama said there could be other Fijians whose properties were not officially assessed saying they too could apply and receive the electronic cards, if they had a genuine claim.

“Regardless of where they were in Fiji, government was encouraging everyone who needed assistance to apply for this initiative,” the PM said.

For the many Fijians who took loans or borrowed money from their employers or communities to put a roof over their heads, the PM said Government “will reimburse funds to the value provided for under the Help for Homes initiative.”

“As Government we must provide assistance with integrity, and we could not leave behind any affected Fijian, family or household.

“We also need to prove that we are worthy of assistance by maintaining the confidence of those extending a helping hand.”

He said if they could maintain the integrity and credibility of the rebuilding process, Fiji would definitely rise again, bigger and better than before.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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