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Boat saves children

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Students from three villages in the Rewa Delta are fortunate enough to have a boat that can transport them every day to school which has done away with a 45 minute walk overland to their schools every day.

The villages of Tavuya, Nukui and Vutia have been serviced by a boat which was donated by AusAID to the Rewa branch of the Fiji Disabled Persons Federation last year.

Fiji Disabled Persons Federation Rewa branch Litia Natanui says the boat and outboard motor which was donated has enabled school children to travel quickly to and from school every day.

"Before they used to walk through forests and beaches in order to reach schools at Nukui and Vutia and in bad weather this gets worse as they of the mud and the rain they have to walk through."

"This has also saved their parents precious time in dropping or collecting their children each day and less worry for them too as they know the boat will bring them home safely," Natanui says.

The boat's main use is to ensure that the Fiji Disabled Persons Federation Rewa branch is able to carry out their work in a province which has 54 villages and more than 100 persons living with disability.