Hin­dus do­nate so­lar lights brought from China

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SERUWAIA BOLATINI Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: seruwaia.bolatini@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Vishva Hindu Par­ishad will do­nate 1000 so­lar recharge­able lights to fam­i­lies in Ba, Tavua and Raki­raki.

Cost­ing $30 each, the so­lar recharge­able lights are be­ing brought in from China and will cost the re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion a to­tal of $30,000. Pres­i­dent Jay Dayal hopes that this will give some re­lief to school chil­dren do­ing their evening stud­ies while they wait for elec­tric­ity to be re­stored.

The lights, which can also be used to charge mo­bile phones, will ar­rive in two weeks time by air freight and will be given to 1000 homes free of charge.

This is not the only form of as­sis­tance the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Vishva Hindu Par­ishad, had helped Fiji fam­i­lies with. Mr. Dayal said they had been do­ing re­lief work from Day One of TC Win­ston.

They had been to over 2800 homes with re­lief packs and have also given out tar­pau­lins, clothes and have built 15 houses in Ba, he said. “We have pro­vided evac­u­a­tion (shel­ters) right on the day of cy­clone, and pro­vided in ex­cess of 2500 food packs, bot­tled wa­ter, clothes, tar­pau­lins, so­lar lights, cash, tim­ber and tins to the vic­tims,” he said. “We are cur­rently in dis­cus­sion with our over­seas af­fil­i­ates in USA to come to Fiji to pro­vide psy­cho­log­i­cal and men­tal sup­port to the vic­tims.”

In ad­di­tion, for those fam­i­lies re­ceiv­ing cargo from fam­i­lies abroad VHP has helped clear items from cus­toms and de­liv­ers items to their door step, no mat­ter where they live, he said. The pres­i­dent said that the VHP team mem­bers from all over the coun­try had been do­ing a tremen­dous amount of self­less work to help Fiji re­cover from the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of TC Win­ston. He thanked the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pri­vate donors from both Fiji and abroad.

Photo: Jay Dayal.

VHP Team at Yalalevu, Ba.

Photo: Jay Dayal.

Pres­i­dent of VHP, Jay Dayal (left ), dis­trib­utes re­lief packs at Vaqia, Ba.

Photo: Jay Dayal.

VHP team dis­trib­utes re­lief packs to a fam­ily in Ba.

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