Water gift for schools

SCHOOLS in the maritime zone affected by the drought will soon receive bottled water from Natural Waters of Viti Ltd.

The company, which makes the world famous FIJI Water product, handed over two shipping containers full of bottled water worth $50,000 yesterday to assist in the relief efforts in schools and health centres.

According to permanent secretary for National Disaster Management Filipe Alifereti, the bottled water will go a long way in helping schools and health centres affected by the drought since August.

“The priority now is to keep the schools open, especially those schools that will be sitting very important exams,” Mr Alifereti said.

“There are about 165 schools in the maritime area that have really been affected.”

Mr Alifereti said maritime schools affected included those in Kabara, Vanuabalavu and Lakeba.

“We will be getting in touch immediately with the Ministry of Education to get the list of schools that are in dire need of the bottled water and start distribution as soon as possible.”

Fiji Water CEO Rokoseru Nabalarua said the assistance was a response to a request from the government last week.

“We always try to reach out to those in need, especially if our help means that children can continue to attend school.”