Wainibuka Youths Stronger Than Win­ston

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The youths of Wainibuka did not want to use Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston as an ex­cuse and have al­ready moved into the sec­ond and third phase of their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­fort. Thirty youths of Nasautoka, Nasau, Nabouva, Na­saibitu, Namoka, Nayavu and Naqia vil­lages at­tended a four-day em­pow­er­ment train­ing organised by the Min­istry of Youth and Sports in Nayavu, which ended yes­ter­day. “Wainibuka was one of the se­verely af­fected ar­eas from TC Win­ston,” Kil­iaoni Vu­ni­valu of Namoka vil­lage youth club said.

“Yes, it did spoil our houses and farms, how­ever, most of us have left all that hap­pened be­hind us and we will soon reap the re­wards of our re­silience and hard work. “Most of our farms were af­fected, how­ever, we have re­solved to dou­ble our ef­forts and plant even more.” He said, they are stronger than Win­ston and are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing their liveli­hood through their pro­duce. Mr Vu­ni­valu was part of the train­ing.

“It is a pity that only 30 were able to at­tend this train­ing. If it was up to me, I will get ev­ery youth from ev­ery vil­lage to at­tend.

“The train­ing is so use­ful and so in­for­ma­tive and will in­deed raise our pro­duc­tion and com­mit­ment to an­other level.” Mr Vu­ni­valu said.

Prin­ci­pal Youth of­fi­cer eastern divi­sion, George Fran­cis, while clos­ing the train­ing re­minded the youths to use their re­sources wisely and en­sure they ben­e­fit from it. “The Min­istry is com­mit­ted to­wards em­pow­er­ing young Fi­jians, so you can boldly face your fu­ture with con­fi­dence, and are equipped with the nec­es­sary life-skills and knowl­edge to main­tain a pos­i­tive life­style,” Mr Fran­cis said. He said such train­ing is con­ducted around Fiji for young peo­ple and the onus was on the in­di­vid­ual youth to prac­tise and ap­ply what they learn.

“I hope this train­ing will be of good use and we look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive and suc­cess sto­ries from you all af­ter this train­ing.” Source: Min­istry of Youth and Sports

Wainibuka was one of the se­verely af­fected ar­eas from TC Win­ston...Most of our farms were af­fected, how­ever, we have re­solved to dou­ble our ef­forts and plant even more.

Kil­iaoni Vu­ni­valu

Namoka Vil­lage youth

Photo: Min­istry of Youth And Sports

Prin­ci­pal Youth of­fi­cer eastern divi­sion (left) George Fran­cis with Kil­iaoni Vu­ni­valu in Nayavu on Thurs­day.

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