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Young Health Inspector Helps Suffering Man And Mum Get Much-Needed Help

He said he was grateful to the help provided by Mr Senibuli who went out of his way to make sure to speed up the process of formalising their land lease title, and have water pipes installed to their home.
11 Oct 2020 12:33
Young Health Inspector Helps Suffering Man And Mum Get Much-Needed Help
From left; Ravin Kumar, his mother and Rakiraki/Tavua health inspector Aliposo Senibuli. Photo: Susana Hirst-Tuilau

Gone are the days when Tavua man, Ravin Kumar, would have to wake up at 3am daily to walk more than 30 kilometres to a spring to fill 150 bottles of water for his family.

Mr Kumar’s eyes welled up with tears, as he described how he and his 65-year-old mother faced hardships over the years.

“Today, I don’t need the 150 bottles to get water, thanks to Rakiraki Tavua health inspector, Aliposo Senibuli,” a happy Mr Kumar said.

He said he was grateful to the help provided by Mr Senibuli who went out of his way to make sure to speed up the process of formalising their land lease title, and have water pipes installed to their home.

The family, who lives in a makeshift home at Bangladesh Settlement, finally received their land lease title this week.

They depend on Government’s social welfare allowance for their livelihood.

“We could not build anything stable because the land did not belong to us. So you can imagine, we had no water, no floor with our pit toilet,” he explained.

Mr Kumar said he used to wake at 3am every day to walk his  wheelbarrow to a spring to fill water for the day’s supply.

He said his neighbours started  complaining to the authorities about hygiene and sanitation issues because of the water problem.

But, he and his mother were helpless as they could not do anything because they did not have a land lease title.

 

Aliposo Senibuli to the rescue

Mr Senibuli who had received the complaint was on a mission to inspect and warn the family about the situation.

“When I got to their home, I cried because I did not think that someone who was living within the town boundary was living under such conditions,” he said.

He did not hesitate to help them and quickly sent follow-up emails to the Lands Department of the status of Mr Kumar’s lease application.

“They had paid for their lease in 2018, and it was taking too long, so I thought to help,” Mr Senibulu said.

On Friday Mr Kumar called Mr Senibuli to inform him that they had finally received their title.

Mr Senibuli also made sure that WAF knew about the progress, and on Monday they installed their water pipes. Mr Kumar said he can now build a better home for his mother.

“I am very grateful to Mr Senibuli for the help he has shown towards mum and I. I only wish all civil servants were as helpful, loving and humble like Mr Senibuli.”

Mr Senibuli, 24, has been the health inspector for Tavua and Rakiraki for more than a year.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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