Water

Communities get water through self-help program

More than forty households in Rakiraki and Tavua now have a consistent supply of fresh water through the ‘self-help’ program. The self-help program currently implemented by the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management through the Office of the Divisional Commissioners. Sanjana Devi of Nakinawai settlement in Ra expressed gratitude to government for providing […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 17, 2016 7:30 am

More than forty households in Rakiraki and Tavua now have a consistent supply of fresh water through the ‘self-help’ program.

Sanjana Devi (far right) with members of her family in Nakinawai, Ra.
Sanjana Devi (far right) with members of her family in Nakinawai, Ra.

The self-help program currently implemented by the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management through the Office of the Divisional Commissioners.

Sanjana Devi of Nakinawai settlement in Ra expressed gratitude to government for providing them with the opportunity to have a consistent supply of fresh water.

DEVI: “If it was not for this assistance, we will continue to experience water shortages. We are receiving water now in our homes. I want to thank government and the Commissioner Western’s Office for the assistance.”

The fifteen families in her community relied on rain water before the assistance.

Amrita Reglin Prakash of Tavua’s Maqere settlement said that through the self-help program, the twenty-five families, mostly cane farmers in her community have now received a consistent supply of water.

PRAKASH: “Before the assistance, it was very difficult for us – we have to rely on well water. With this assistance from the Commissioner Western’s Office, we were able to receive fresh water right in front of our homes. We are also able to do our housework properly.”

Commissioner Western, Manasa Tagicakibau said the two projects in Nakinawai and Maqere were designed in such a way to cater for community growth and later upgrading.

He also stressed the need for community participation in the implementation of the ‘self-help’ project.

TAGICAKIBAU: “We are looking at communities as partners in development that play a vital role in the management of projects in their areas. This is to ensure communities take ownership of the projects and help themselves sustain efforts in development work.”

A total sum of  $70,000.00 was used for the two water projects.

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