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Wati, Of Natokalau, Thanks God For Clean Water As PM Opens Boreholes In Bua

An elderly woman cried silently and thanked God for giving villagers a chance to drink clean water after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened a borehole at Natokalau Village in the
23 Jan 2018 14:05
Wati, Of Natokalau, Thanks God For Clean Water As PM Opens Boreholes In Bua
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with Maresalina Wati after the commissioning of a borehole at Natokalau Village in Bua. Photo: Wati Talebula.

An elderly woman cried silently and thanked God for giving villagers a chance to drink clean water after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened a borehole at Natokalau Village in the province of Bua yesterday.

Maresalina Wati said she never thought she would still be alive when the villagers got the chance to drink clean water.

“I am so happy that the Government of Fiji has given us this basic need. I never thought that this day will ever come,” Ms Wati said.

“We have been drinking from a well and tank water, but today it is different. I was blessed to get a chance to meet the Prime Minister of the country and his team,” Ms Wati said.

Village headman Sirilora Rakeso said their dream came true after years of struggle.

“We are finally going to drink tap water after a long struggle. We have faced a lot of hardship to reach this far. Now we can finally say that we did it with the help of the Government,” Mr Rakeso said.

“We have been struggling for years trying to get clean tap water and now our children will get a chance we didn’t have.”

Mr Bainimarama started his tour of the Northern Division yesterday and opened boreholes in the three villages of Waisa, Natokalau and Nasaisaivua in the province of Bua.

“These tours are a highlight because I get the chance to continue to meet with your communities and speak directly to Fijian families,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“As I make my way through Vanua Levu this week, I will be surrounded by more Fijians with access to new infrastructure, electricity, and for the first time, free-to-air television”

“The new boreholes in these villages will cut down the time spent in those communities finding and gathering water. It’s no secret that it is often women and young people who spend time carrying out that vital work.

“Now they can focus on other activities, they can become more productive and spend more time with their families and community members, knowing they don’t have to work as hard to find a reliable source of clean water.”

 

Waisa Village

While opening the boreholes at Waisa Village Mr Bainimarama was able to talk to some of the children.

The Kingsman (Sau-Turaga), Waseroma Rasauvou said: “Now our children will be able to drink clean water. Today will always be cherished in the eyes of the villagers.”

“It is a dream come true for them after years of struggle,” Mr Rasauvou said

“The people of our village are very happy because they never thought that this day would come. It’s actually the first time a Prime Minister has come to our village.”

 

Nasaisaivua Village

Emosi Malo, 83, was emotional as he described the hardship they faced when trying to get clean water.

“We get drinking water from the creek that is located near the sea. When it is high tide we can’t use the water because it is near the sea, but when it is low tide we can. This is really hard, but from today everything will get easy,” Mr Malo said.

“Now we can be free and relaxed after our aim has been fulfilled.”

Village headman, Waisake Bukaroro thanked Government for making their dreams come true.

Edited by Percy Kean

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