Home for widow

The Pacific Build HYLB Team with homeowner Elesi Naso in Sabeto, Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Pacific Build HYLB Team with homeowner Elesi Naso in Sabeto, Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED

ELESI Naso of Sabeto, Nadi, is the owner of a new home that was built in five days by 20 international volunteers for Habitat for Humanity Fiji.

Ms Naso, who lives on her own, says she was ecstatic to be moving into her new house.

“This house means the world to me and my children. I have been moving from place to place and faced so many struggles in life, but thanks to Habitat, all those troubling moments will now end,” she said.

“I cannot express how happy I am to have a place of my own,” said the widow who has been dependent on relatives for shelter.

She said during the construction work last week, she also learnt a few construction tips from the volunteers.

“I also took part in the home partner training which Habitat gives and learnt a few things about construction myself.”

Habitat for Humanity Fiji provides basic construction awareness training for all home partners so they may be able to maintain and repair their homes in future.

The Pacific Build is part of Habitat for Humanity’s largest youth-focused movement known as Habitat Young Leaders Build in the Asia-Pacific region.

Volunteers from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the United States partnered with Habitat for Humanity Fiji to build Elesi’s home.

Habitat for Humanity Fiji communications manager Doreen Narayan said the build was a success and Elesi was now a proud home owner.

“It is a great joy to see a family have a decent place of their own,” she said.

“A good home is the foundation a family needs to focus on other aspects of life such as education for children and health.”