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More Help Arrives For QVS

Seventy more Indonesians plus material have arrived to bolster the rebuilding of Queen Victoria School. Indonesian Defence Force Team Commander Yanfri Satria said five per cent of the rebuilding was
07 Jun 2016 09:31
More Help Arrives For QVS
Indonesian soldiers at work at QVS yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Seventy more Indonesians plus material have arrived to bolster the rebuilding of Queen Victoria School.

Indonesian Defence Force Team Commander Yanfri Satria said five per cent of the rebuilding was already completed.

He said: “We are currently rebuilding the main hall, dining hall and laboratory. We have brought all the building materials, tools and even bamboo to make a scaffold for our boys to work on.

“But some of the materials are purchased in Fiji and some of the big equipments are given by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

“We have completed the chapel in less than three weeks and we are now looking at completing the school by August 25.

“The chapel is rebuilt by the first troops that came in, of 30 personnel. With 70 more of our men, we assure that we will work even faster and better to rebuild the school to make it much better.”

He said that they started the new work on June 2 and were determined to finish the reconstruction before August 25.

“Our troops of 30 men finished the chapel in three weeks, we surely will finish the school before the timeline given.

“We want to make this school look better and students to remember their own QVS as well,” Commander Satria said.

Director for National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Akapusi Tuifagalele, said he was impressed with the renovated chapel and the standard of workmanship.

Now, he said, he could not wait to see the rest of the school when it is completed.

“I am thankful for the Indonesian government in sending their assistance and their men to help the students of QVS get their school back,” he said.

“After the Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, we had to shut down QVS because it was not safe for the students to stay here.

“The students were asked to evacuate at night during the TC Winston. And I am happy to see in two months how the school has turned out,” Mr Tuifagalele said.

He said he also was interested to see the expression of the current QVS students in other schools around Viti Levu, when they saw their school again.

Delegates from Indonesia, Minister for the Indonesia Natural Disaster Management Wikken Rampenilei, Deputy of Emergency Management Tri Budiarto, Prime Inspector Bintang Susmanto, Head of Legal and Cooperation Bureau Dicky Fabrian, Counsellor for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dionisius Swasono along with the First Secretary for Indonesian Embassy Suva Ambrosius Thomas, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu went to QVS yesterday to see the new chapel and current reconstruction work that is being carried out by the Indonesian Defence Force team.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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