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Red Cross New Zealand, Fiji To Rebuild School

The New Zealand Red Cross Society in partnership with their Fijian counterparts have committed themselves to rebuild Vunikavikaloa Arya Primary School in Nalawa, Ra, as part of their rehabilitation programme.
04 Nov 2016 11:00
Red Cross New Zealand,  Fiji To Rebuild School
New Zealand Red Cross secretary general Tom Paine, head teacher Ashiwa Prasad, NZ Red Cross President Jenny McMahon and Fiji Red Cross Director general Filipe Nainoca at Vunikavikaloa Arya Primary School in Ra. Photo: FILIPE NAINOCA

The New Zealand Red Cross Society in partnership with their Fijian counterparts have committed themselves to rebuild Vunikavikaloa Arya Primary School in Nalawa, Ra, as part of their rehabilitation programme.

The school with a roll of 230 students was one of the worst devastated institutions in the country following TC Winston in February.

The Red Cross team including NZ Red Cross president, Jenny McMahon, visited the school early this week and was in shock at the destruction, and delighted to commit with FRC in rebuilding the school.

New Zealand Red Cross secretary general Tony Paine said:

“We along with our colleagues around the world were immediately moved to seek help, respond and raise significant amounts of money from the Kiwis that of course have close connections to Fiji and have been much of our Pacific family.”

The New Zealand team is supporting FRC to work with community, as one of the lessons learnt from the recovery of the Christchurch earthquake.

“Community is not about buildings; it is also about people’s heart and soul, it is about the knowledge and understanding to keep them safe so we want to build stronger community to engage with that community and talk about how preparedness is important,” Mr Paine said.

The project will cost $300,000 with a small team from overseas to be part with the local workers to rebuild the school.

According to Mr Paine the work on the building will be starting in a couple of weeks, with materials from New Zealand and the project would take four months to complete.

Fiji Red Cross director general Filipe Nainoca said, they were delighted to be able to have the opportunity to adopt a school and the capacity building in our society.

“It is the first time Fiji Red Cross has been involved in a project of this size and were fortunate and happy to be associated with New Zealand Red Cross who has lots of experience with this kind of recovery work.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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