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More Respond To COVID-19 Humanitarian Call

“Most breadwinners in this settlement are unemployed because of this second wave and they cannot provide for their families which more often are extended families living together under one roof,” Ms Prasad said
01 Jun 2021 12:22
More Respond To COVID-19 Humanitarian Call
Members of the Nadawa Ramayan Mandali distributing food rations at Mamas Place in Caubati. (Front row, from left (in purple) ) Ram Lingam, Rajnesh Lingam, James Swamy and Rohit Lingam on May 28, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Helping the needy without expecting anything in return is the motto that a group of good Samaritans from the Nadawa Satsang Ramayan Mandali believes in and lives by.

Led by the Secretary Rajnesh Lingam, the group has assisted a number of families with food rations during this pandemic.

On Friday, the group assisted 51 families in Wailea Settlement, Muanikoso lockdown zone and residents of Mama’s Place in Caubati with ration packs consisting of basic food items.

Caubati co-ordinator Jay Shreen Prasad, 34, acknowledged the assistance which came at a time when the financial status of needy families was worsened by the second wave of COVID-19 that Fiji is currently battling.

She said families who were assisted did not have anyone helping them financially and were surviving on the little they received.

“Most breadwinners in this settlement are unemployed because of this second wave and they cannot provide for their families which more often are extended families living together under one roof,” Ms Prasad said.

Mr Lingam said the assistance was made possible by the kind donations received from family and friends in Fiji and abroad.

Previously they had distributed similar food packs to residents in Narere, Nadawa, Nadera and Cunningham.

The food packs consist of flour, rice, split peas, onions, potatoes, tin fish, biscuits, etc.

Save the Children Fiji

In another humanitarian act, Save the Children Fiji will supply 120 families living within the Suva and Nausori containment areas with grocery packs.

Save the Children Fiji chief executive officer Shairana Ali said they were working in partnership with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and the Commissioner’s office in the distribution of these packs to those that need it the most.

“Because of very limited resources we are only assisting families that have been in lockdown in the central division for now. These include those who are unemployed and raising babies, are single parents and those with special needs,” Ms Ali said.

“If we have more resources coming in or assistance then we will look into expanding our reach in other areas.”

Each grocery pack is worth $100.

The grocery packs contains:

  • 10 kg flour
  • 10 kg rice
  • Potatoes
  • Rolled Oats
  • Reusable diapers
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Powdered Milk
  • Cooking oil
  • Tinned fish
  • Dhal
  • Soap
  • Surgical Masks
  • Nestle Cerelac for babies

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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