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'Sweat equity'

Ioane Burese
Saturday, December 15, 2012

HABITAT for Humanity Fiji (HFH Fiji) — along with the Rotary Club of Lautoka's Rotohome's Project, a New Zealand Aid and Rotary International- funded project — has announced the launch of its first Bula Build Fiji 2013 (BBF 2013), to be held from April 14 to May 11 next year in Koroipita, Lautoka.

More than 200 global volunteers will be coming from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the US to assist recipient families build 28 new homes.

The BBF 2013 is going to be a historic event since this is the first time Fiji gets to host such event of this magnitude.

More details will be gradually released as the BBF 2013 approaches.

HFH Fiji has been a member of Habitat for Humanity International since its establishment in Fiji in 1991.

Since then, HFH Fiji has helped more than 1000 families, providing them with decent living conditions by assisting them to build new homes, making existing homes and community structures resistant to hurricane damage, improving community evacuation centres, and building community water and sanitation systems.

HFH Fiji assists lower income families and communities improve their living conditions by offering them a "hand-up" not a "hand-out".

This means recipient families and communities make contributions to the assistance they receive, which includes their own volunteer labour or "sweat equity".

HFH Fiji also includes local capacity building in its projects by training families and communities it assists how to care and maintain the assistance they receive with their own resources in the future.