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Ra Farmer Aspires To Rebuild Livelihood

  The Help for Home Initiative has given a new lease of life for a farmer in Bainisoqosoqo in Nalawa district in Ra. Arvin Kumar and his family have persevered
16 Jul 2016 07:38
Ra Farmer Aspires To Rebuild Livelihood
Welfare Officer in Rakiraki Buatavatava Naulumatua (left), with Arvin Kumar at their new house built through the Help for Home Initiave. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

 

The Help for Home Initiative has given a new lease of life for a farmer in Bainisoqosoqo in Nalawa district in Ra.

Arvin Kumar and his family have persevered to revive their livelihood and rebuilding his house has been the first step towards starting a new life.

The positive impact of Help for Home Initiative is seen, not only through the new house that Mr Kumar has built but also conveyed through his confident smile. After Mr Kumar’s old house was completely destroyed by severe tropical cyclone Winston, rebuilding his family house seemed like a far-fetched dream.

“We only thought as to how we were going to rebuild our home. But when we heard about the Help for Home Intiative, we knew that we were not alone and that government has heard our plight,” Mr Kumar said.

“As soon as I received the $7000 e-card, I was able to purchase the hardware buildings and started to rebuild my house. If it wasn’t for the Help for Home assistance, it would have been difficult for me to rebuild my home within this short time.

“I believe that its only Fiji First Government can provide us with such great assistance and we would like to thank our Honorable Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama for his leadership in ensuring that assistance reaches out to many families who needed help,” he said.

Mr Kumar has also thanked the village carpenters and his relatives who have also supported him in rebuilding his family house.

Similarly, the farming communities in Vunikavikaloa, Bainisoqosoqo in Nalawa Ra are in the process of rebuilding their homes. Ashok Kumar, Advisory Councillor representing these two communities said that families had been assisted through the Help for Home Initiative.

“We have nearly 300 people in these areas and most of them depend on sugarcane and subsistence farming. After the cyclone, the damage assessments were conducted and reports was submitted to NDMO (National Disaster Management Office).  Communities had also been assisted through distribution of food rations, tents and tarpaulins.

“The Help for Home came as great news; assistance has been given to families based on the assessments. Some families here have completed their homes, others are still progressing; rebuilding work continues, some have placed their orders with the hardware companies and as the materials arrive they will continue with the rebuilding work.”

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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