Ak­bar: Homes Re­build­ing Go­ing well

‘Ini­tia­tive to con­tinue till ev­ery­one is served’

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Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Rosy Ak­bar said the Help For Home ini­tia­tive was be­ing car­ried out suc­cess­fully and would serve all those af­fected by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston.

“The ini­tia­tive is go­ing on suc­cess­fully, we are try­ing to as­sist as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” Ms Ak­bar said.

“The dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres will con­tinue op­er­a­tions till May 31 or un­til ev­ery­one who has been af­fected by TC Win­ston has been served.”

Ms Ak­bar also re­minded all card hold­ers that all the cards have to be re­deemed by June 30, 2016.

She con­tin­ued to visit the dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres that were cur­rently pro­vid­ing ser­vice un­der the ini­tia­tive in Tailevu, Ba, Tavua and Raki­raki.

Ms Ak­bar also met with the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Help for Home ini­tia­tive in Ba, who were pur­chas­ing hard­ware ma­te­ri­als at the ap­proved hard­ware re­tail­ers. There are 10 hard­ware com­pa­nies for Help for Home ini­tia­tive that had been reg­is­tered through an Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est and a con­tract signed last week.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the ini­tia­tive were given elec­tronic cards to pur­chase hard­ware ma­te­ri­als.

Min­is­ter Ak­bar said pos­i­tive feed­backs had been re­ceived on the Help for Home Ini­tia­tive. Monika Laisa of Vu­tuni, Ba, who had re­ceived $7000 as­sis­tance through Help for Home ini­tia­tive, was grate­ful for the timely as­sis­tance.

“I thank the Gov­ern­ment for ad­dress­ing our chal­lenges, for help­ing me and my fam­ily in re­build­ing our home, which was fully da­m­aged in Cy­clone Win­ston. I had ap­plied for the as­sis­tance and have re­ceived a card to buy the build­ing ma­te­ri­als. I have pre­pared a list of items that I need to buy to build the new house. And I have al­ready used the card to pur­chase some of the hard­ware ma­te­ri­als from RC Manub­hai,” Ms Laisa said.

The Help for Home Ini­tia­tive is co-or­di­nated by the Min­istry of Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion.

The min­istry has es­tab­lished dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres in pri­or­ity ar­eas: Tailevu, Naitasiri, Ba, Tavua, Ra, Bua, Cakau­drove, Tave­uni and Suva (for those in Lo­maiv­iti, Koro and Vanu­a­bal­avu). The amounts loaded on the cards will de­pend on the ex­tent of the dam­age sus­tained to the re­cip­i­ents’ homes.

Th­ese are ac­cord­ing to the NDMO as­sess­ments pro­vided to the Gov­ern­ment:

homes with par­tial roof­ing dam­age will qual­ify to re­ceive $1500;

homes with com­plete roof­ing dam­age will qual­ify to re­ceive $3000; and

homes that have been com­pletely de­stroyed will re­ceive $7000.

The Help for Home ini­tia­tive started op­er­a­tions from May 6 and will con­tinue till May 31. Reg­is­tra­tion forms are pro­vided at all the dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres. Peo­ple are ad­vised to re­fer to the on-go­ing ra­dio ads and weekly sched­ules that are pub­lished in the Fiji Sun to know when and where the HFH team will be vis­it­ing their ar­eas.

Photo: Min­istry of Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion

Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Rosy Ak­bar (right), presents a Help for Home ini­tia­tive e-card to Mar­ica Naigisa in Raki­raki last week.

Photo: Min­istry of Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion

Re­cip­i­ent of the Help for Home ini­tia­tive Monika Laisa of Vu­tuni, Ba with her hus­band while pur­chas­ing hard­ware ma­te­ri­als from RC Manub­hai in Ba.

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