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Couple Grateful For Parenthood Assistance Payment Scheme

A mother who travelled from Vanua Levu to deliver her baby in Suva has found a sense of relief yesterday after re­ceiving a portion of the Parent­hood Assistance Payment. Verenaisi
17 Aug 2018 10:00
Couple Grateful For Parenthood Assistance Payment Scheme
Verenaisi Donu, husband Salamisa and their baby boy Kini Viliame Pai, with BSP officer Tanweer Zoheb Ali at the BSP branch at Thomson Street, Suva, on August 16, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

A mother who travelled from Vanua Levu to deliver her baby in Suva has found a sense of relief yesterday after re­ceiving a portion of the Parent­hood Assistance Payment.

Verenaisi Donu, 33, had under­gone a caesarian at eight months because of birthing complications. As a result, she and her family had to spend quite a lot of money.

At the BSP in Suva, she told how she was grateful for the timely as­sistance.

She delivered her beautiful baby boy a month earlier, but he is now doing well, she says.

“I am so thankful for this initia­tive,” she said.

“In Vanua Levu I was spending so much money on travelling expens­es to and from the hospital every two weeks which cost me more than $100.

“But I thank the Lord that my baby is healthy and fit.”

Her husband, Salamisa Donu, a farmer in Vanua Levu, had to rush to Suva when he was told that his wife had delivered.

“My husband was at our farm in Vanua Levu so he had to come with whatever little cash he’s got to check on us.

“This money I received today will really help us a lot, if it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t know where else to get the money to buy more clothes and other baby’s stuff.”

Mr Donu said: “Once my wife is fit then I can go back and send them money, but for now what we got to­day is more than enough to last for at least another two to three weeks before I head back,” he said.

“I am so thankful to this Govern­ment for taking good care of its people, especially those that are in need like us.”

The couple have three children with their eldest in Year 1. Under the Parenthood Assistance Pay­ment, $1000 is issued to cover the cost of raising a child to help low-income Fijian families. $500 is re­leased once the child is born and the remainder when the child is in Year 1.

They are also given other options to see the money grow for future use.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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