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Phase 3 Starts in Ba and Tavua

The third phase of the Help for Home initiative programme began yesterday in the districts of Ba and Tavua. People from Ba and villages nearby took advantage of this initiative
12 Apr 2017 15:49
Phase 3 Starts in Ba and Tavua
From left Timoci Tui and Ponipate Turagalevu of Nanoko Village in Navosa at the Ba Market Bure, on April 11,2017. Photo: Shahani Mala

The third phase of the Help for Home initiative programme began yesterday in the districts of Ba and Tavua.

People from Ba and villages nearby took advantage of this initiative at the Ba Market Bure.

People who were present were happy with the Government for coming up with the programme to help Fijians who were affected by the Tropical Cyclone Winston last year.

Ponipate Turagalevu of Nanoko Village in Navosa, was waiting for his turn in the long queue.

The 58-year-old farmer said: “I am so thankful to the Fijian Government for this programme.

“Through this initiative we are able to build our homes again. My house was partially destroyed in during TC Winston and through this initiative, I was able to reconstruct my house again.”

Mr Turagalevu received $1500.

Timoci Tui, 56, had followed his ancestor’s footsteps and continued to live in a bure with his family in Nanoko Village.

He now plans to build his house made of corrugated iron roofing from the $7000 he received under the programme.

“It’s over a year now and I have still not reconstructed my house because of some financial difficulties,” he said.

“But, I am so happy that the Fijian Government had come up with the Help for Home Initiative programme to help people. I will now be able to build my new home.”

Dharam Raj, 66, who uses a wheelchair to get around, said: “My house was partially destroyed during TC Winston and it was difficult to repair my house because I cannot walk properly.

“The Social Welfare Department officials came and did inspection of my house and they then enrolled me for the Help for Home Initiative programme,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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