HABITAT for Humanity Fiji and expatriates from the New Zealand High Commission took a break from their busy schedule to assist in the construction of five homes at an informal settlement in Legalega, Nadi, yesterday.
Acting head of mission Mark Ramsden said he was happy to be part of the construction project that focused on providing shelter for families living in informal settlements who were affected by last year's Tropical Cyclone Evan.
"I really consider this an honour because it gave us an opportunity to help a family that was generally affected by Cyclone Evan," Mr Ramsden said.
"As we all know, the people in the Western Division were greatly affected in the disaster and the New Zealand High Commission wanted to help by providing funding for this project."
He said the transitional shelters project by Habitat for Humanity Fiji was funded through the $2million NZAid assistance made by his government as part of its assistance to provide relief in the aftermath of the cyclone.
"We gave $75,000 for the project and the money has been used to build a total of 120 homes on quite a few informal settlements in the Western Division."
Habitat for Humanity Fiji director Masi Latianara said the five houses would add to a tally of 54 homes that had already been built.
"We have still about 66 homes left to build," he said.
"Our board of trustees are all out here volunteering to build the five houses.
"We are very proud to be working with the NZ High Commission and their $75,000 has gone to funding the construction of the 120 homes in informal settlements."