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Adopt A Village

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday announced another new initiative in the rebuilding and rehabilitation after Cyclone Winston. It’s called Adopt a Village in the same style as Adopt a School.
07 May 2016 08:38
Adopt A Village
People waiting to get their "Help for Homes Initiative" ecards at Fiji Vocational & Technical Training Centre For Persons With Disabilities (FVTTCPD) yesterday. Photo:Roneel Karthik

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday announced another new initiative in the rebuilding and rehabilitation after Cyclone Winston.

It’s called Adopt a Village in the same style as Adopt a School.

Mr Bainimarama said two villages, one on Ovalau and one in Ra would benefit from the scheme.

He said a South Korean company had committed itself for the project.

Mr Bainimarama said at Nauouo Village, Ovalau, 22 houses were destroyed. More than $400,000 would be spent to rebuild the houses.

He disclosed the idea to adopt came from an informal discussion he had with some close friends.

He was also influenced by the contribution of a US group which came to rebuild a temple and the homes in the vicinity.

Help for Homes

Meanwhile, people yesterday praised Mr Bainimarama and his Government for the Help for Homes project when registration opened in centres around the country.

Those who turned up at the registration centre, Fiji Vocational and Technical Training Centre For Persons With Disabilities in Brown St, Suva, were singing his praise.

Peter Pava, 77, from Namacu Village, Koro, Lomaiviti, said in iTaukei: “This is a very caring Government.

Vinaka vakalevu to Mr Bainimarama for his great leadership. Without this help many of us will not be able to rebuild our homes.”

He was the oldest applicant.

Kelepi Delai, of Arovudi, Levuka said: “The assistance is a great help to us since TC Winston. We are grateful to the Bainimarama Government for the help.”

Ilaisa Dalituicama of Yacata, Cakaudrove, said: “There was a big damage to our house. We don’t have money or resources. This will help in a big way.”

Mr Bainimarama is likely to formally launch the ‘Help for Homes’ next week in the West.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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