No More Worry for Wati

This hous­ing as­sis­tance tar­gets so­cial wel­fare re­cip­i­ents Fiji wide to own de­cent homes.

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The Min­istry of Ru­ral and Mar­itime Devel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment is work­ing closely with Fiji’s ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to strengthen their economies, pro­vide bet­ter qual­ity of life to be eco­nom­i­cally vi­brant and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able through var­i­ous pro­grammes im­ple­mented by the Min­istry. One such pro­gramme that has been as­sist­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties is the Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Hous­ing Pro­gramme.

This hous­ing as­sis­tance tar­gets so­cial wel­fare re­cip­i­ents Fiji wide to own de­cent homes. Bimla Wati, 66 years old of Saweni, Lau­toka was a happy Fi­jian when she was as­sisted in 2014 by the Com­mis­sioner Western Of­fice in the con­struc­tion of a new home.

Ms Wati, a so­cial wel­fare re­cip­i­ent who sells roti parcels for a liv­ing in a lo­cal com­mu­nity out­side Lau­toka town was grate­ful to Gov­ern­ment for the as­sis­tance.

“I am grate­ful for the as­sis­tance pro­vided by the Com­mis­sioner Western Of­fice. They as­sisted me with my ap­pli­ca­tion. “I wanted a place within close prox­im­ity and they also as­sisted me in find­ing this piece of land where my house is built and I am for­ever grate­ful to Gov­ern­ment,” said an emo­tional Ms Wati. Ms Wati also re­called the time when she was pay­ing rent of $250 per month and the many sleep­less nights she en­coun­tered wor­ry­ing about her rent pay­ment. “With my new home, I don’t have to worry about pay­ing rent any­more and I am now liv­ing a happy life,” Ms Wati said. Com­mis­sioner Western Di­vi­sion, Manasa Tag­i­cak­ibau said the as­sis­tance pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for ru­ral peo­ple to own de­cent homes at a rea­son­able cost. “The pro­gramme en­cour­ages com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and we also be­lieve that own­ing a de­cent home plays a vi­tal role in the process of so­cio cul­tural and eco­nomic change and devel­op­ment,” Mr Tag­i­cak­ibau em­pha­sised. The to­tal cost of the project is ap­prox­i­mately $12,000.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Bimla Wati in front of her house built un­der the Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Hous­ing Pro­gramme.

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