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Australia Donates $15m For Cyclone Recovery

“Fiji’s next generation of leaders need safe and high quality facilities to ensure they can maximise the benefits of their schooling,” ]
26 Mar 2021 15:08
Australia Donates $15m For Cyclone Recovery
Northern students inside their temporary classroom. Photo: Australian High Commission

School children in cyclone affected areas will benefit from an additional F$15 million package of support that was announced on Wednesday by the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes.

The new package of Australian support will assist the Fijian Government to reconstruct schools damaged or destroyed by Tropical Cyclones Yasa and Ana.

Mr Feakes said Australia was pleased to be able to support its Fijian vuvale to ensure Fijian children could continue to access a quality education.

“Fiji’s next generation of leaders need safe and high quality facilities to ensure they can maximise the benefits of their schooling,” he said.

With this package of support, local contractors will be engaged to repair the schools, providing a much needed boost to local families and communities.

“Australia’s support will help create employment and provide an income to families who have been suffering from the dual blow of COVID-19 and tropical cyclones,” Mr Feakes said.

“I am particularly pleased that this package will be complemented by a team of Australian Defence Force engineers. They will work alongside RFMF engineers and local contractors, together building back schools that are better, stronger and able to withstand future cyclones.”

This new package of assistance follows initial lifesaving support in response to TCs Yasa and Ana valued at around FJ$11 million.

  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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