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6 More Homes For Homeless Women

Evidence shows that without appropriate interventions, women have a high likelihood for multiple episodes of homelessness, and this tells us that the need for such facilities in today’s world, for the safety and wellbeing of our women is invaluable
09 Apr 2021 10:57
6 More Homes For Homeless Women
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa with students and women from the Fiji Muslim Women’s League and the residents of the home in Koronivia. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The Fiji Muslim Women’s League yesterday opened its new extension of the Darul Iqam, a residential home provided for disadvantaged women and their children.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the new home at Khans Road, Koronivia was a milestone achievement.

“These lands were given for the purpose of building shelter for the poor and needy Muslim Women,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.

“The first building was built in 2006 which had six units and could house six women with their children only and today, aligning to the growing need for housing, the Fiji Muslim Women’s League is able to open an additional six units to the existing structure,” she said.

The new building structure cost more than $100,000 and funds were raised by the Fiji Muslim Women’s League and through local donations and abroad.

“Evidence shows that without appropriate interventions, women have a high likelihood for multiple episodes of homelessness, and this tells us that the need for such facilities in today’s world, for the safety and wellbeing of our women is invaluable.”

FMWL president, Zinnatun Buksh said the aim of having the new infrastructure was to help women suffering a form of deprivation of one kind or another to have a sense of safety and security and a roof over their head.

“It is about reaching out and understanding the struggles these women go through and we are hoping that with more support, we will extend and look into more future developments in the property,” she said.

Ms Buksh said plans are also underway to venture into constructing a nursing home.

“We are going to engage with the engineers and architects with our plans and hope all things will go according to plan,” Ms Buksh said.

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