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21 homes in 15 days

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

ANGELA Moyle from Canberra, Australia, is one of 30 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity at Koroipita Settlement — working hard to build new homes for underprivileged families in Lautoka.

Ms Moyle, who arrived into the country last Sunday, said she was eager to be part of the Rotahome project, which has overseen the building of 861 homes at the settlement.

"I am someone who likes to do something for other people and when my boss advertised this project to us, I decided to come," she said.

She was joined by other volunteers from New Zealand. Another group will arrive later this week from Canada and the US.

"It is definitely a great project to be part of and I am happy to be able to come to Fiji and build a home for someone who needs it. I am also looking forward to gain some skills in construction work."

Construction site supervisor Joe Meuris said seven teams had been formed to build seven homes by the end of the week.

"They start very early in the morning to be able to meet the deadline that we are working towards."

Mr Meuris has been a volunteer for the Model Towns Charitable Trust project 11 times.

"There is another group that will be coming this Sunday and another group on the next Sunday.

"So for over three weeks, we expect to build a total of 21 houses."

He said the houses being constructed were for Koroipita Stage Two.

"We've already built a total of 146 homes at K2 while 80 houses have been built at K1."

Each house constructed at the settlement would be rented out to underprivileged families.

The families pay $1 a day or $7 a week rent and are encouraged to be self-sustainable while living at the model town community.

The project is headed by Rotary International and NZAID.