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NGO to rebuild cyclone-resistant homes

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, August 25, 2016

THE Fiji Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) will rebuild 10 cyclone-resistant homes in the Western Division. This will be used as a plan by others whose homes were destroyed by Severe TC Winston.

The project will be funded by the EU.

IFRC shelter delegate Colin Price said the construction of those 10 houses would be spread across the 10 most affected Red Cross branches in Fiji.

"They will be used as a training ground and the means of communicating build back safer awareness sessions to 5000 households," he said.

"This training and demonstration phase will also open the way for 120 trainee carpenters to repair 2000 damaged houses.

"Basic construction skills covered by the two-week program include carpentry, masonry and plumbing for housing and safe sanitation."

Some of the added features of the demonstration houses include veranda, kitchen, wet areas, shutters and disability inclusive structures such as ramps and wider doorways.

According to the EU, the initiative complements government's build back better scheme, and the model homes would be built around the country in worst-hit villages.

The building phase would also be a prime opportunity for villagers to gain construction skills enabling them to build safer and stronger homes in the future.








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