YOUTH of Wainidinu in Lami have raised funds to build a road from the Queens Rd to their village.
People have been walking from the main road to their village for a long time.
But things are expected to change now after a fundraising event was held on Tuesday —which was Diwali day— to collect funds for the construction of a road.
Wainidinu Village headman Apakuki Tabuakuro said construction of a road leading to the village was long overdue and villagers had taken the first step by raising funds for it.
"In the past, our grandfathers and fathers did not want cars to come to the village because of their traditional beliefs but this is a different generation and we want to make things easy for the villagers," he said.
Mr Tabuakuro said since it was his time to lead, he would make sure that the village was developed.
"This is my time to rule and I will make sure that the village benefits from the development of roads and we will later touch on streetlights for the village."
He said the fundraising was the first for the village.
"For the 24 houses in the village, they have pledged to give $100 dollars each for this fundraising."
He said they aimed to collect a minimum of $3000 from the fundraising.
"After the fundraising, we will then take the next step and seek assistance from the government."
However, he said they had not approached the government yet for assistance.
Mr Tabuakuro said it was about time for developments in the village.
The day ended with dances, songs, feasting and celebration.