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New Local NGO Source Of Hope For Struggling Families

Despite the hardships, the family is grateful that help is still available, one of which comes from the one-year-old Lautoka-based Non-Government Organization (NGO), One Nation Our People Youth Club.
03 Jul 2022 14:00
New Local NGO Source Of Hope For Struggling Families
One Nation Our People Youth Club founder and president, Abdul Zorhab (right) after donating groceries to Sheik Sokhat Ali at his home in Nasau, Nadi

For several years, Sheik Sokhat Ali, was dependent on the money collected from doing sugarcane farming to support his family.

Mr Ali, 60, resides with his wife, Jainul Nisha, 59 and their 28-year-old daughter, Shamma Zabben who is disabled, at their three-bedroom home in Nasau, Nadi.

Recently, he became bedridden and all the work was put on the shoul­ders of Ms Nisha to continue work­ing on the family’s sugarcane and vegetable farm.

At the same time, she had to attend to the needs of both her husband and daughter.

The family lives on the $50 collect­ed from the Department of Social Welfare every month as well as the income from their farms.

Despite the hardships, the family is grateful that help is still available, one of which comes from the one-year-old Lautoka-based Non-Gov­ernment Organization (NGO), One Nation Our People Youth Club.

“We are very happy with our gro­ceries received from the youth club,” said Mr Ali.

“The flour, rice, cooking oil, bis­cuits, packets of noodles, tuna and other basic food items that are do­nated keep us going.”

The club’s founder and president, 23-year-old Abdul Zorhab, said re­quests for help had increased since they started.

Another recipient is Shaimun Ni­sha, 65, a widow who is looking af­ter her disabled daughter, Hamidun Nisha, 41, at their home in Nawaka, Nadi.

She said it had been difficult for her to find ways to earn a living because she needed to worry about the well­being of her daughter.

Ms Nisha said help had been re­ceived from One Nation Our Peo­ple Youth Club and the Fiji Muslim League.

Mr Zorhab said eight families in the Lautoka and Nadi areas of Kash­mir, Saru, Vatutu Village, Wakadra, Mulomulo and Nasau had been as­sisted.

He said the group had also received req uests for help from families re­siding in Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Siga­toka, Navua, Nausori, Suva includ­ing Labasa

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