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Faith-Based Organisations Help Families In Need

Two faith-based organisations have reached out to assist families in their time of need, particularly those suffering as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold
19 Apr 2020 14:25
Faith-Based Organisations Help Families In Need
From left: Volunteers of Fiji Sevashram Vinod Lal and Anish Chand distributing food ration to cyclone-affected Dharmendra Kumar, in Navosai, Narere.

Two faith-based organisations have reached out to assist families in their time of need, particularly those suffering as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold

Fiji Sevashram Sangha

Fiji Sevashram Sangha has assisted 120 families in the Central Division and Western Division.

The organisation’s teams visited the families on April 10 and 11, with volunteers from the Suva Ashram visiting the Narere/Nasinu area in Suva, while another team from the Lautoka Ashram visited areas in the Sigatoka, Navua and Wainadoi areas.

The organisation’s assistant secretary Akhilesh Prasad said: “Families in the interior of Sigatoka had their houses shattered to pieces with only the posts remaining.”

He also said the team witnessed families sheltering in churches and community halls, having boiled cassava for lunch.

“The families were overjoyed to see the relief supplies. The total cost of the grocery packs (at a subsidised rate) is about $60,” Mr Prasad said.

He said the relief teams also visited affected families in Lomawai, Namata, Maro and Semo which is located midway between Sigatoka and Nadi.

“The team along with the assistance of community leaders Rahul Sharma and Mukesh Chand reached out to all the needy families through some of the most challenging drives they had ever experienced.”

Mr Prasad said they would continue to assist the needy families through their ‘Nar Narayan Sewa’ Programme’ with monthly food rations.

“It (the programme) will carry out assessment of families in need and try to reach out to them with monthly grocery packs until their economic situation stabilises,” he said.

He said the programme focussed on families with small children and the vulnerable in the community. He said they were aiming to assist 100 people at the 10 miles, Waidamudamu area and Tailevu, after the lockdown.

Shree Sanatan Dharam Brahmin Prathnidhi Sabha Labasa

In the Northern Division, the Shree Sanatan Dharam Brahmin Prathnidhi Sabha Labasa branch has donated $15 to each of the 98 households in the Soasoa confined area. Branch president Mahendra Prasad said this small initiative would do a lot to many families there. Mr Prasad said the organisation was informed that the families were having enough groceries so they decided to donate cash.

“We have received the information that they need vegetables, so we came up with an idea to give them some cash so they can use it for their major needs,” he said.

He said there is a total population of 405 people in the area. He thanked the Police officers for being in the frontline during the emergency.

Mr Prasad said the organisation would be doing some humanitarian work for the Vunicagi Settlement in Dreketi, which is located along the Dreketi-Nabouwalu highway.

Meanwhile, Ram Sami and Sons Fiji Limited will also supply groceries to the residents later on.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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