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Red Cross Fiji, NZ Start Works on Ra School

Construction works on cyclone-hit Vunikavikaloa Primary School in Ra have started. Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) operations manager, Eseroma Ledua, said the school is in its rebuilding phase. Those involved
20 Jan 2017 11:33
Red Cross Fiji, NZ Start Works on Ra School
New Zealand Red Cross team at Vunikavikaloa Primary School in Ra. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

Construction works on cyclone-hit Vunikavikaloa Primary School in Ra have started.

Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) operations manager, Eseroma Ledua, said the school is in its rebuilding phase.

Those involved in the rebuilding works at the school that started on Monday include six FRCS volunteers, staff and construction workers from the Ministry of Infrastructure and eight New Zealand Red Cross Society employees.

“The work is contracted under the FRCS Vunikavikaloa Project with the Ministry of Infrastructure,” Mr Ledua said.

“We had requested the Ministry to provide us with skilled carpenters and plumbers to construct the works on the school and we are also assisted by the New Zealand Red Cross team to provide extra assistance in rebuilding the school,”

He said the initiative began when the Adopt a School programme started post Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“We have Vunikavikaloa Primary and Ra High School in our Adopt a School projects. We worked out with the management to adopt the school and make it a FRCS project.

“NZ Red Cross agreed to fund our project and provide bilateral support to rebuild the school.

“Most of our activities were around the school in the communities,” he said.

Majority of the school structure, including four staff quarters, were destroyed during TC Winston.

“The school is part of the NZ Red Cross bilateral support towards Fiji post TC Winston and they are also out on the field working with local teams.

“We got our team down to the school and the NZ Red Cross came down to help with the architectural design and the construction that started on Monday,” Mr Ledua said.

He said this project would benefit the overall TC Winston recovery work carried out by the Government.

“This project is a big support towards the Government to work on rebuilding the school, especially the Ministry of Education.

“This project is a big and it may take a few months to rebuild the four staff quarters and classrooms from Year 1 to Year 8.

“We are also thankful for Framecad Limited for providing us with the steel materials which is Category 5 proof materials.

“We also have plans to buy some school materials and furniture as majority was destroyed.

“Most importantly, we want to rebuild a better and safer school for the community and the children,” Mr Ledua said.

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