Second Phase Of Fiji's 'Help For Homes' Project Begins In Ra Province

People awaiting assistance since Cyclone Winston finally getting help

By Shayal Devi

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 13, 2017) – Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau says the second phase of the Help for Homes initiative will be a relief for those still waiting on monetary assistance.

The second phase of the program began in the Ra Province this week and is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

"As we've heard, they've rolled out the second phase of this initiative and that began in the Central Division," Mr Tagicakibau said.

"For the Western Division, they have notified my office that they will start in the Ra Province and from there they will move through the Western Division for those who have yet to benefit from that initiative."

He said there were still a number of people, particularly those in rural areas and the highlands, who were still waiting on the issuance of cards.

[PIR editor's note: On Jan. 13, 2017 Fiji Times reported  that 'Smiles were evident among many people in Ra Province yesterday as those whose homes were affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston rushed to the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation office in Rakiraki to fill forms for assistance under the Help for Homes initiative.']

"Their homes are still damaged and most of them are still living in tents, some of them are living with their relatives but we continue to talk to the general public to bear with us and the program," Mr Tagicakibau said.

"It's good news for the Western Division that the ministry has begun the program in the Ra province for those yet to receive this assistance."

Mr Tagicakibau said there was a possibility of follow-up visits to areas most affected during Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

"There's a period of time that has lapsed from when Government issued the first round of cards and from that time to now there have been people who took the initiative upon themselves to rebuild their houses," he said.

"A team from the district officer's office and the provincial administrators will assist the ministry in verifying whether they still need assistance."

He said other Governme­nt departments were helping with the process in a bid to help as many people as possible in the division.

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