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Disability Friendly Restrooms To Benefit Disabled Villagers

A new lease of life for them  A new lease of life has been given to three villagers who live with disability as their homes now have better access to
28 Apr 2017 11:00
Disability Friendly Restrooms To Benefit Disabled Villagers
The Three villagers with disabilty who have been assisted sitting with wheelchair with the villages of Natutu Village in Ba. PHOTO:LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

A new lease of life for them 

A new lease of life has been given to three villagers who live with disability as their homes now have better access to disability-friendly toilet and bathroom amenities.

This was possible through the World Wildlife Fund-Pacific’s Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in partnership with Habitat for Humanity retrofit in Natutu, Nailaga in Ba.

Eroni Kacia, 53, whose had his left leg amputated as a result of diabetes, said that a big burden was been lifted from his shoulders.

“Everything changed when they cut off my leg. I had to start all over again,” he said.

“Having to use the toilet was tough at times especially at night, as we had pit toilets and it was far from my house, but now it’s just beside my house and it’s a big relief.”

Mr Kacia acknowledged the initiative made to the villages, as this has given him hope to ease the life of his family.

Mereani Galo who has been looking after her 83-year-old aunt Ilisapeci Vue, also shared similar sentiments.

“My aunty, has been blind and disabled for the last four years, so this has helped ease things for me. Now she can take herself to the washroom.”

Acting director National Disaster Management Office Sunia Ratulevu said: “The launch of the completion and opening of the village’s disability-friendly facilities is of significant importance as it is imperative as when building for safer homes also include the most vulnerable.

“Over the past few months, WWF Pacific has been working with Habitat for Humanity, here in Natutu, to retrofit the homes of people living with disabilities with accessible toilet and bathroom amenities.

“Access to the village evacuation centre (village hall) and its toilet facilities were also modified to be safely accessible and disability-friendly,” he said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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