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$460k for project

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

TWENTY families in the cane belt areas of Labasa will have new roofs over their heads through an EU-funded housing project worth $460,000 which is being undertaken by Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HHF).

In its third year of operations, HHF is working on the construction of three new houses which are certified to withstand category 4 cyclones.

Speaking during an interview at Urata in Bulileka, national director for HHF Masi Latianara said the three houses being built in Labasa marked the launch of the project on Vanua Levu.

Mr Latianara said each home was worth $23,000, adding that 40 such houses had been completed on Viti Levu.

"Our work is currently focused within cane belt areas around the country especially with the building of new homes including home refurbishment works," he said.

"HHF undertook the project in accordance with its intervention strategies to enable vulnerable members of the communities access to decent homes.

"Families needing assistance are identified through a process where their situations are accessed and they are required to pay $4500 as their input into the construction of their very own homes."

Mr Latianara said the project was fully paid by the EU including the deployment of volunteer constructors from overseas.

"HHF is in charge of looking after these volunteers and ensuring they have an enjoyable stay while they are here," he said.

"At HHF we believe that an individual's biggest investment is to build and own a home and once this is achieved people can then focus on other basic necessities.

"The homes that we make are prefabricated as structures for these homes are made at our very own depot in Labasa Town."


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