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Ex-Navua Resident Supplies Roofing Iron For Cyclone Victims

A former Navua resident now residing in the United States has put the needs of those affected by Cyclone Winston at the top of his list of things to be
16 May 2016 09:51
Ex-Navua Resident Supplies Roofing Iron For Cyclone Victims
Amendra Kumar (third from left), with Sajogeeta Kiran, her mother and helpers at Rakiraki on Friday night. Photo: Charles Chambers

A former Navua resident now residing in the United States has put the needs of those affected by Cyclone Winston at the top of his list of things to be done.
Amendra Kumar, 46, a paramedic of Los Angeles has been going around Rakiraki late at night distributing roofing irons and cash to those who were finding it hard to rebuild their lives.
The Fiji Sun caught up with him in Rakiraki last Friday night, with a group of helpers and a seven- tonne truck going around giving roofing iron to people whose houses have been completely destroyed.
Mr Kumar has spent over $15,000 and his visits have included giving cash donations for the provision of food to the needy.
He managed to connect to those in need through family and friends and started up a Go Fund Me.Com organisation where a group of his friends around the US have banded together to donate to the cyclone victims.
Go Fund Me.com is a crowd-funding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses.
Mr Kumar, who is married with two children, said he had already helped two families around Navua but he was now concentrating most of his efforts in Rakiraki.
He had travelled from Suva on Friday to Lautoka to purchase roofing irons as there was a shortage in the capital city.
He managed to find 200 sheets at a hardware outlet in Lautoka, loaded it onto a truck which he hired and headed straight for Rakiraki.
He stopped at places where he saw houses completely destroyed and offloaded some roofing while other needy homes he had visited were already spoke for.
One of the recipients, Sajogeeta Kiran, 34, was living in a tent provided by the Government with her 69-year-old mother, Bhan Mati.
She expressed gratitude to Mr Kumar, whom she said she did not even know.
“I want to thank him for his generosity.”
Mr Kumar left for Los Angeles yesterday but promised he would return with more funds to help more people.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika
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