Ra villagers access clean, safe drinking water

Vanuakula villagers in Ra celebrate the opening of Water Spring Protection Project and the Communal Toilet Project by Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) Director General Filipe Nainoca last week. Picture: SUPPLIED.

VILLAGERS of Vanuakula in Ra now have access to safer and cleaner drinking water.

This follows the opening of the Water Spring Protection Project and the Communal Toilet Project by Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) director general Filipe Nainoca last week.

The project is part of the society’s recovery program which is funded by the Australian Red Cross (ARC).

It is also part of the society’s emergency Plan of Action for communities that were affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

According to FRCS, the ARC-funded Severe TC Winston Recovery Project aimed to assist those affected to recover by building safer, resilient and healthier communities with the support from the society’s branches, volunteers and partners.

Vanuakula Village headman Evia Bavou said they were fortunate to have access to clean drinking water.

“We want to thank the Fiji Red Cross Society for assisting in the construction and improvement of our water source dam and building our village communal toilets for both men and women,” he said.

Mr Nainoca said the recovery team and volunteers worked hard in finding ways and solutions to reach out to people in need.