Youth Re­silience Com­mended Fol­low­ing Cy­clone Win­ston

$10, 000 to as­sist Fi­jians di­rectly af­fected by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston

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Fi­jian youths are to be com­mended for their re­silience and con­tri­bu­tions to­wards re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion post Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston in af­fected ar­eas. As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Iliesa De­lana made the com­ments at the end of his visit in Ovalau. “Most vil­lages suf­fered from TC

Win­ston and it is the young peo­ple in th­ese vil­lages that are log­ging and re-build­ing houses and re-plant­ing ba­sic food items,” Mr De­lana said. “Most of them are start­ing from scratch as their houses and farms were de­stroyed.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing to hear sto­ries of their re­silience and col­lec­tive ef­forts to­wards re­build­ing their lives and their vil­lages.” Mr De­lana com­mended the youths of Vatukalo, Waitovu, Vuma, Aravudi, Tavea and Ruku­ruku vil­lages for their ef­forts to­wards re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The youths of th­ese vil­lages also re­quested for a ba­sic train­ing in car­pen­try. “We have halted most projects to con­cen­trate on re­build­ing houses in our vil­lage,” said Vatukalo youth leader Te­vita Dra. “How­ever, we lack the proper skills. “We are in need of ba­sic car­pen­try train­ing or at least Govern­ment to send us skilled car­pen­ters to pro­vide proper guid­ance so we can build homes to with­stand cy­clones,” Mr Dra said.

District Of­fi­cer Lo­maiv­iti Inoke Koro said: “There is a real need for skilled car­pen­ters on Ovalau Island. The Min­istry of Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment is aware of the need and we are try­ing our best to ad­dress the need.” Source: DEPTFO News

Most vil­lages suf­fered from TC Win­ston and it is the young peo­ple in th­ese vil­lages that are log­ging and re-build­ing houses and re-plant­ing ba­sic food items

Iliesa De­lana

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports

Photo: DEPTFO News

Youths at Aravudi Vil­lage in Ovalau.

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