WESTERN Division flood victims who lost their ability to earn income as a result of the floods will soon be able to access funds to help get them back on their feet.
The loans, administered by Pacific Counselling and Social Services (PCSS), were made possible through New Zealand Aid Program funding. Apart from the financial assistance, PCSS offered counselling services to the flood-affected immediately after the January and March deluge.
The non-governmental organisation said it had teams of counsellors and social workers addressing issues in Lautoka, Nadi, Suva and Labasa and the New Zealand aid would make it possible for the same services to be offered in Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba and Sigatoka.
"These loans will be provided along with psychosocial support from professional counsellors and social workers to ensure people are able to get back on their feet and regain their personal and financial wellbeing," said PCSS chief executive officer Rhiannon Vichta.
She said the PCSS was one of the first NGOs to mobilise teams on the ground to provide counselling and support to flood-affected communities. "As people start to get back up on their feet, PCSS is rolling out long-term support and strengthening program," said Ms Vichta.