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ADRA Provides Cash Relief In Ono-I-Lau

Nukuni Village, Ono-i-lau Defied by vast ocean, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and its partners were out in full force to serve Fiji’s furthest outliers in Ono-I-Lau last
07 Nov 2020 11:00
ADRA Provides Cash Relief In Ono-I-Lau
Jope Soko of Nukuni village, Ono-i-lau receives Cash Voucher Assistance (CVA). Photo: Adi Kelera Sovasiga

Nukuni Village, Ono-i-lau
Defied by vast ocean, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and its partners were out in full force to serve Fiji’s furthest outliers in Ono-I-Lau last week.

63 years old, Jope Soko of Nukuni village was overwhelmed with appreciation as the team visited the village handing out Cash Voucher Assistance (CVA).

The CVA is funded by the Australian government through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with ADRA and the iTaukei Affairs Board (TAB) as its implementors on the ground.

Through UNDP, a $100 cash assistance is given to cyclone affected households with an added top up of $50 to persons of disability.

“With this incredible assistance, it will greatly help my family of five to save and buy groceries such as sugar, flour, oil, rice when the boat from the mainland reaches us,” he said.

“TC Harold has affected our livelihood as we depend a lot on making and selling of magimagi (coconut husk strings),”

Mr Soko said, “At the back of my mind, I worry about how I am going to support my family financially when magimagi production is not good at the moment,”

“With this $150 assistance, my family will be able to use some for our grandchildren’s education and I am so thankful to the team who have made it possible,”

Tossed by malevolent waves, the ADRA and UNDP representatives had the opportunity of also visit the Tui Ono, Asaeli.

Both him and his elderly wife graciously welcomed the visitors into their lovely home.

 

Tui Ono receives Cash Voucher Assistance (CVA). Photo: Adi Kelera Sovasiga.

Tui Ono receives Cash Voucher Assistance (CVA). Photo: Adi Kelera Sovasiga.

95-year-old, Tui Ono thanked the team greatly and said, “With the money, we will buy some basic food items like biscuit, sugar, flour that will help with our family.

There are five villages on Ono-i-Lau; Nukuni, Lovoni, Matokana, Doi and Vatoa of which the principal village is Nukuni where the Taukei kei Naduruvesi, Na Tui Ono lives.

102 households received the Cash Voucher Assistance (CVA) in Ono-i-lau.

 

Feedback: adi.sovasiga@fijisun.com.fj



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