Pro­ce­dures in place for names miss­ing from Help for Homes list: PM

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Fam­i­lies whose homes were com­pletely de­stroyed by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston have been urged not to be dis­heart­ened if their names were not on the list for the Help for Homes ini­tia­tive. Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama made this com­ment dur­ing a visit to the re­cip­i­ents of the ini­tia­tive at Naloto Vil­lage in Tailevu yes­ter­day. “The process has been rolling out well. I’ve also heard that some whose houses were de­stroyed, their names are miss­ing from the list with the of­fi­cials,” Mr Bain­i­marama said. “There are pro­ce­dures in place as part of this ini­tia­tive for those whose names are miss­ing from the list. You can fill the forms and the of­fi­cials will go and in­spect your homes.”

He also re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of the agree­ment between Govern­ment and the re­cip­i­ents of the ini­tia­tive in terms of how the funds would be utilised by af- fected house­holds. Mr Bain­i­marama re­minded the vil­lagers that the False In­for­ma­tion Act was passed to keep the agree­ment between the Govern­ment and the re­cip­i­ents.

Farmer’s prayers an­swered

A 49-year-old farmer’s prayers have been fi­nally an­swered. Taniela Ter­aka, a kava and root crop farmer of Naloto Vil­lage in Tailevu lost his cor­ru­gate­d­iron two-bed­room home dur­ing the height of TC Win­ston two months ago. Mr Ter­aka was among those who re­ceived their e-cards as part of the Govern­ment’s Help for Homes ini­tia­tive.

An ex­cited fa­ther of four said fol­low­ing the af­ter­math left be­hind by Cy­clone Win­ston, he had no other hope but to wait for another three years when he would har­vest his kava. “I farm and sell at the Suva mar­ket ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day. But af­ter I lost my home I didn’t have any­thing left and my only op­tion was my farm,” Mr Ter­aka said. “But when this ini­tia­tive came and now that I have re­ceived my card, I am so thank­ful to Govern­ment for help­ing us.”

He is cur­rently stay­ing at his par­ents’ home with his fam­ily.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Taniela Ter­aka with his e-card as part of the Govern­ment’s Help for Homes ini­tia­tive at Naloto Vil­lage yes­ter­day.

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