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Communities Blessed With Fresh Water

Beneficiaries of the ‘self-help’ programme have acknowledged Government for the assistance that enabled them to receive a consistent supply of fresh water. The self-help programme currently implemented by the Ministry
16 Aug 2016 08:25
Communities Blessed With Fresh Water

Beneficiaries of the ‘self-help’ programme have acknowledged Government for the assistance that enabled them to receive a consistent supply of fresh water.

The self-help programme currently implemented by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, through the Office of the Divisional Commissioners, has continued to assist rural dwellers improve their livelihood socially and economically.

One such beneficiary, Sanjana Devi, on behalf of the community she lives in, Nakinawai settlement, Ra, thanked Government for providing them a consistent supply of fresh water.

Before the assistance, Ms Devi said more than 15 households relied on rainwater, which were stored in tanks, and sometimes the water would usually run out. With the assistance from the Commissioner Western’s Office, it has allowed her family to receive a consistent supply of fresh water.

“If it was not for this assistance, we will continue to experience water shortages. We are receiving water now in our homes,” Ms Devi said.

Similar sentiments were shared by a housewife, Amrita Reglin Prakash, of Maqere settlement, Tavua.

“Before the assistance, it was very difficult for us – we have to rely on well water. With this assistance from the Commissioner Western’s Office, we were able to receive fresh water right in front of our homes. We are also able to do our housework properly,” said an emotional Ms Prakash.

Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau said community participation in the implementation of the ‘self-help’ project was vital.

“We are looking at communities as partners in development that play a vital role in the management of projects in their areas.

This is to ensure communities take ownership of the projects and help themselves sustain efforts in development work,” Mr Tagicakibau said.

 



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