Fijians In Australia Assist Affected Families Here

$7000 worth of bags and stationary were provided for 210 students of Nasarawaqa Primary School.
20 Feb 2021 11:13
Fijians In Australia Assist Affected Families Here
Students of Nasarawaqa Primary School in Bua showing their new bags on February 19, 2021.

Ma Au Natul Youth Association of New South Wales, in Australia, which has 70 former Fijian families, assisted families in the Northern Division who were affected by Cyclones Yasa and Ana.

The group based at Warwick Farm in Sydney recently assisted 227 evacuees who stayed at Ahmadiyya Muslim College in Voloca, Macuata Province, after reading an article in the Fiji Sun on February 8.

The president of the group Mohammed Saddiq Koya said they had a viber group and whenever Fiji Sun publishes articles about affected families requesting help, they always step in.

“We have an Islamic Centre in Warwick Farm in Sydney and whenever natural disasters strike Fiji we co-ordinate to raise funds,” Mr Koya said.

“During Tropical Cyclone Yasa and Ana we assisted over 230 families with groceries, 25 families with building vouchers to the value of $25,000, served meals to more than 220 people, distributed back to school packs to 225 students at Nasarawaqa Primary School and provided $2500 worth of housing materials to Mohammed Mustakim.”

He said they also assisted schools and affected families in the Western and Central Divisions.

One of the recipients, Mohammed Ayub residing in Naduna, Labasa said he was grateful to the group.

“Four bedrooms were damaged during TC Yasa which cost me around $20,000,” Mr Ayub said.

“Whatever little assistance such as the food ration was of great help to my family.”

Mr Koya said he managed to get in contact with Nasarawaqa Primary School Year Eight teacher, Varun Kumar who went out of his way to help him.

“We would like to be present physically to carry out the distribution, but as there is border restriction due to COVID-19, we can’t make it,” he said.

“The group has been in existence for 20 years.”

Mr Kumar said the group provided about $7000 worth of bags and stationary to the 210 students.

“All I asked him through Facebook was to help my children as their houses and farms were damaged by TC Yasa,” Mr Kumar said.

“Within a few hours he agreed to assist and not only send money to reach out to poor affected families in Bua with food rations.”

He said the group’s community was small, but their hearts in helping others was big.

Last week, the group collected $5000 for a heart patient in Lautoka who is going for open heart surgery to India next week.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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