Family distributes grocery packs to needy in community

Shajit Bala Bilash of Lakena, during an interview with the Fiji Times in Nausori. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

After observing the hardship that many Fijians were facing in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, a family in Lakena, Nausori, distributed more than 80 packs of groceries in a span of two weeks.

“During this lockdown, we saw many families going to the shop to buy one onion or things in very small quantities, they didn’t have enough money and that motivated us to start this distribution,” said Shajit Bala-Bilash.

“In Lakena, there are many families who survive by doing casual labour work and with the COVID-19 restrictions at this time, they cannot get a job or earn for their families.”

She said they also handed out educational worksheets to students who did not have phones to access it.

Ms Bala-Bilash said they had initially decided to assist 35 families, however, they managed to distribute more than 80 packs.

“We did a survey before distributing so we could analyse what and how much was needed by each family. The sponsors and assistance from our families and friends all over Fiji and overseas boosted our confidence and ability to assist more families.

“And some members of our community, who were able, also joined us and donated some packs or money for us to distribute.”

She said she would register her group as a non-government organisation in the future to allow them to continue the work of helping those in need.

“I plan to register my group as ‘For Good Reasons’.

“We have been receiving calls from families from different parts of Nausori and as soon as we get donors, we will help them as well.”

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