September 2, 2016 10:50 am

40 families to receive new homes

Forty families whose homes were completely destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Winston, will now be receiving newly built homes which is part of a collaborative project between Australia, European Union and Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC). The handover ceremony of the first of the 40 new cyclone-resilient core homes was held in Narewa Village in Rakiraki yesterday. The European […]

Forty families whose homes were completely destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Winston, will now be receiving newly built homes which is part of a collaborative project between Australia, European Union and Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).

Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner (left) and
Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner (left) and  APTC Chief Executive Officer, Denise O’Brien. (APTC)

The handover ceremony of the first of the 40 new cyclone-resilient core homes was held in Narewa Village in Rakiraki yesterday.

The European Union has engaged the services of  Habitat For Humanity Fiji (HFH Fiji) through a project called ‘Delivery of Vocational Training in Fiji’.

Speaking at the ceremony, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner, said the EU would cultivate the partnership between various stakeholders.

WAGNER: “The EU appreciates this partnership with Australia through its APTC program and HFH Fiji. We value this effort because it is about rebuilding structures over the short term, but more importantly, it is about rebuilding lives over the long term.”

APTC Chief Executive Officer, Denise O’Brien announced the next phase of this program, will build on the partnerships developed in this phase of the project and delivery community-based workshops to up to 200 people.

O’BRIEN: “These workshops will develop the skills of communities to ‘build back safer’ to mitigate against the level of destruction experienced in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston, earlier this year.”

HFH Fiji National Director, Mr Masi Latianara said  HFH has been working closely with APTC in identifying construction sites in the most affected parts of the sugar belt areas.

LATIANARA: “We are very pleased to be part of this project that not only builds homes for 40 families in need of cyclone-resilient shelter, but also focuses on construction training that plays a pivotal role in assisting communities with the rehabilitation work. Our focus has been on building back safer and we sincerely thank all donors involved in reaching out to families in need of shelter and training.”

Meanwhile, after completion of the 22-week program combined with a further six-month work placement, participants will have the opportunity to apply for entry into the APTC Certificate III in Carpentry program.

The construction of the 40 houses is expected to be completed by the end of this year.