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Israeli NGO Commended For Home Assistance

The Government has commended the continuous foreign assistance provided to those whose lives were directly impacted by Cyclone Winston earlier this year. This was relayed to an Israeli non-profit organisation,
26 Jul 2016 09:40
Israeli NGO Commended For Home Assistance
Israeli Ambassador to Australia and non-resident Ambassador to Fiji and Papua New Guinea Shmuel Ben-Shmuel with Usaia Delana of Vuma village. Photo: Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development

The Government has commended the continuous foreign assistance provided to those whose lives were directly impacted by Cyclone Winston earlier this year.

This was relayed to an Israeli non-profit organisation, Isra-AID, that helped rebuild homes for villagers of Vuma village in Ovalau whose homes were destroyed by the cyclone.

Israeli Ambassador to Australia and non-resident Ambassador to Fiji and Papua New Guinea Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, was at Vuma village to witness the completion of work in a ceremony attended by the villagers of Vuma.

In his address to the people of Vuma yesterday, Mr Ben-Shmuel said he was glad to be in the village.

“I am delighted to be here and hear the people laughing. One day after the cyclone hit Fiji, there was no laughing in this village and there were faces of despair.

“It’s good to see the people of Vuma laughing again,” Mr Ben-Shmuel said.

Ambassador Ben-Shmuel went on to say the work carried by Isra-AID symbolised the relationship and friendship between Israel and Fiji.

Commissioner Eastern Division, Luke Moroivalu, who was also present at Vuma village commended the Israeli Government for their assistance and liaising with the NGO to provide assistance to the village.

“We are grateful for the assistance offered by the Israel Government to rebuild Vuma village after the devastation caused by Winston.

“The work carried out by the Government of Israel will go a long way for the people of Vuma. This is a day to celebrate,” Mr Moroivalu said.

Roko Tui Vuma, Suliasi Tawake said, they were grateful for the assistance provided by the Government of Israel.

Mr Tawake said it took Isra-AID 14 working days to rebuild the 24 houses that were damaged by TC Winston.

“This is a new beginning for us. We were down after the cyclone and we grateful for the Government of Israel for stepping in to assist us rebuild our lives,” Mr Tawake said.

Ambassador Ben-Shmuel, visit to Vuma village was his first visit out of Suva and Nadi and his fifth visit to Fiji.

 

 

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