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Hardware Company Responds to Calls to Fix Widow’s House

The company’s handyman/carpenter, Mohammed Akib, along with his supervisor visited Mrs Khan on Wednesday to see how the company could offer their help.
03 May 2019 12:28
Hardware Company Responds to Calls to Fix Widow’s House
Carpenters from G.M.R MUHAMMAD & SONS PTE LTD hardwares offloading timber to help rebuilding Meena Khan’s house in Samabula Suva.From left Jagdish Chand,Josateki Nakani,Milio Vuetibau,Naushad Ali,Ilaitia Lewanivanua,Amin Mohammed and Akib Mohammed in Suva. Insert: Mrs Khan with her dog “Do” on May 2,2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The Fiji Sun has received many responses after it ran an article on Wednesday (01/05/19) about elderly widow Meena Khan of Fulaga Street, Samabula.

Mrs Khan had appealed for help to repair her house.

One of the first to respond was the hardware company, G.M.R MUHAMMAD & SONS PTE LTD.

Some of the company’s workers and carpenters, unloaded building materials, at her residence yesterday.

The company’s handyman/carpenter, Mohammed Akib, along with his supervisor visited Mrs Khan on Wednesday to see how the company could offer their help.

“Our plan is to change the roof and floor and try to secure a good living condition for her,” Mr Akib said.

“I came with my supervisor and we took down notes on what needed repairing. We do not want to do it all at once because we have to keep in mind the unexpected weather here in Suva.”

The carpenters are currently changing the floorboards and roof, while Mrs Khan has been safely moved to another room to allow the carpenters to do their work.

Mrs Khan was grateful for the assistance shown from people who have offered to give a helping hand in repairing the home.

The hardware company is among the many who are offering their time and resources to help Mrs Khan.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said that she had sent her team to visit Mrs Khan a day before the Fiji Sun team arrived and interviewed her.

“Moving people into homes is basically something we want to do but we cannot force people because she refuses to go. We understand that but there is a need for constant visits,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

“As a ministry we have also decided to pay regular visits to her by using the teenagers who are under the State’s care to use it as a programme where they can go to the home and do jobs under supervision like cleaning the house and lawn to assist the old woman.

“We totally understand her reasons for not wanting to leave, but we will do our bit by keeping her company and assisting around the house.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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