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Couple Legally Married, As Government REACHes Out To Remote Areas

After more than 20 years in waiting, they were declared married in front of The Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) officials and Nukulau villagers.
23 Nov 2019 13:48
Couple Legally Married, As Government REACHes Out To Remote Areas
The couple, Mecuisela Naisogo and Raijeli Rokodreu were legally married through the REACH programme in Nukulau, Ra.

It was an early Christmas gift to 73-year-old Mecuisela Naisogo and Raijeli Rokodreu, 65, from Nukulau Village, Ra.

They received their civil marriage certificate and legally received the right to be called husband and wife.

Mecuisela and Raijeli held each other’s hands and exchanged vows.

After more than 20 years in waiting, they were declared married in front of The Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) officials and Nukulau villagers.

Their eldest son is 42 years old and they have grandchildren.

“I vow to love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a lifetime love and only death will do us apart,” was the wedding vow from Mr Naisogo.

He said that they felt so emotional and were thankful to the Fijian Government because they finally knew deep down they were now married.

Mrs Raijeli said she had no time at all to seek government assistance and faces so many hardships in terms of earning money and the geographical location.

She added that it was not easy and because of the hardships they faced their marriage was delayed.

This marriage was made possible through the REACH Programme that is providing services to the people of Ra.

The couple, Mecuisela Naisogo and Raijeli Rokodreu.

The couple, Mecuisela Naisogo and Raijeli Rokodreu.

The REACH team has been working in the province for the past two weeks.

The Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) project has been the ambit of the Government under the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

It works with other Government agencies in an integrated approach to reach out to communities in the rural, urban and in the maritime islands to provide a one-stop shop of information and support related to government services.

The mobile REACH programme assists the government to bring its’ services to all Fijians.

The REACH team is providing its services at village halls and the team is made of officers from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, Legal Aid and the Fiji Police Force.

Villagers first participate in an introductory presentation regarding the social, economic and legal rights enshrined in Fiji’s Constitution.

They are then invited to access the available public services associated with these rights.

The REACH initiative assists all Fijians to overcome various challenges in exercising their constitutional rights to public and social services.

The REACH team completed its tour of the district of Burewai and will be based in the district of Nalawa this week.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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