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73-yr-old grateful for home assistance

73-year-old Kalesi Liku of Lausa, Tavua expressed her heartfelt thanks after she and her family received assistance through the Help for Homes (HFH) initiative particularly after the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston left her home ravaged. Ms Liku received a $7000 e-card that enabled her family to purchase the hardware materials and build a new […]

Salote Qalubau

July 15, 2016 7:06 am

73-year-old Kalesi Liku of Lausa, Tavua expressed her heartfelt thanks after she and her family received assistance through the Help for Homes (HFH) initiative particularly after the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston left her home ravaged.

 Kalesi Liku of Lausa, Tavua (Left) with her family members in front of the new house which is being built through the Help for Home Initiative. (DEPTFO)
Kalesi Liku of Lausa, Tavua (Left) with her family members in front of the new house which is being built through the Help for Home Initiative. (DEPTFO)

Ms Liku received a $7000 e-card that enabled her family to purchase the hardware materials and build a new house.

LIKU: “I wouldn’t have been able to build this new home if it wasn’t for the assistance provided by the Government. Having this new home would have just been a dream. I would like to thank the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for this great assistance.”

Second Help for Homes initiative beneficiary Sainimere Buliasewa of Nadolodolo, Tavua echoed similar sentiments.

BULIASEWA: “Our old family house was completely destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston, through the assistance of $7000 from the Help for Homes initiative, we are currently building a new house, it is certainly a new beginning for my family. We are thankful for this support from the government.”

Sainimere Buliasewa of Nadolodolo in Tavua, in front of her new family house that is being built through the Help for Home Initiative.(DEPTFO)
Sainimere Buliasewa of Nadolodolo in Tavua, in front of her new family house that is being built through the Help for Home Initiative. (DEPTFO)

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar said the second phase of the HFH distribution will continue in areas that are yet to be reached.

AKBAR: “We will finish the first phase so all those who have received the e-cards should be able to purchase their building materials from hardware stores and rebuild their homes. As announced in the 2016-2017 budget we have been given another $20 million for the Help for Homes initiative and it’s going to continue in the second phase.”

The initiative has assisted over 23,000 families in rebuilding their homes with an expenditure of $88 million to assist people in areas that were directly hit by Tropical Winston such as Koro, Taveuni, southern Vanua Levu, northern Viti Levu, Ovalau and Vanua Balavu.

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