Vil­lage wel­comes first truck

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - JOSAIA RALAGO Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: josaia.ralago@fi­jisun.com.fj

This year’s Fiji Day cel­e­bra­tion was ex­tra spe­cial for the peo­ple of Na­yara­bale Vil­lage in Cakau­drove as they wel­comed their first truck to their vil­lage. More than 300 peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try shar­ing links to the vil­lage con­verged at the vil­lage green to tra­di­tion­ally wel­come the ar­rival of the ve­hi­cle. The four and half tonne truck will solve trans­port prob­lems in the vil­lage. Lo­cated about 50 kilo­me­tres from Labasa Town, the vil­lage has ac­cess to a bus only twice a day at 7:30am to Labasa and at 4pm to their vil­lage. “We are so happy to wel­come yet another ad­vance­ment which is set to make trans­porta­tion much eas­ier,” the Turaga-ni-Koro Lote Turaga said. The $86,000 ini­tia­tive was funded by the Na­yara­bale Youth Group from a yaqona farm they were cul­ti­vat­ing. In an in­ter­view with the leader of the group, Iliesa Vakaruru said this had been a part of their plan when they pi­loted the Ru­ral Mil­lion­aire project in their vil­lage. Mr Vakaruru said this was a part of their big­ger plan to im­prove their vil­lage and ad­dress some is­sues which con­tin­ued to hin­der devel­op­ment in their vil­lage. “We have only har­vested a por­tion of our plan­ta­tion and we have some other plans for our vil­lage,” Mr Vakaruru said.

“Our vil­lage is lo­cated at a con­sid­er­able dis­tance from the town and other ser­vices like the health cen­tre in Co­qeloa which is about 15km to 20km from here. “We have made a pri­or­ity of the is­sues we feel is ur­gent. While this is a youth project, it is some­thing that we par­take in as a com­mu­nity.

“I would like to chal­lenge youths in the coun­try that they can do this, all they need is dis­ci­pline, re­spect and unity.” Apart from the ve­hi­cle, the youth group also bought four brush-cut­ters, tiles for their church and five pots for the com­mu­nity hall. There are a to­tal of 25 young men that make up the youth group.

Photo: Josaia Ralago The ve­hi­cle and the rest of the items bought from the youth project at Na­yara­bale Vil­lage.

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