Over 22,000 Benefit From Help for Home Scheme

Oct. 3, 2017, 6:33 a.m.

Social Welfare Minister Rosy Akbar

The Government’s Help for Home scheme has assisted 22,083 homes, Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed in Parliament this morning.

Areas assisted cover Vanuabalavu, Lomaiviti, Taveuni, Savusavu, Bua and parts of the Western division.

The scheme provides discounted prices on hardware and construction material for families whose houses were destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.

A Government statement noted that since its launch four weeks ago, the initiative has received positive responses from communities in the process of rebuilding their homes.

“In Tavua alone, over 300 people have been assisted through Help for Home e-cards during the distribution this week.

“People from Bangladesh, Goldfield Road, Nadolodolo, Tavua town, Tavualevu village, Vanuwakula village and Yasiyasi were assisted during the 3 days.”

The scheme has particularly been well received in rural areas, where some whole communities and villages were completely strewn apart by the category-five cyclone.

Social Welfare Minister, Rosy Akbar met with advisory councilors, community leaders and beneficiaries of the Help for Home scheme at distribution and application centers throughout the Western division.