REACH enables 12 civil marriages in the Yasawas

The REACH Mobile Service Delivery Buses Picture: UNDP/Tomoko Kashiwazaki)

TWELVE civil marriages conducted in eight villages through the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) project has answered many families’ prayers.

The marriages were conducted in the villages of Yasawa-i-Rara, Teci, Tamusua, Navotua, Nacula, Naisisili, Yaqeta and Matacawalevu.

It was a historic and joyful moment for the villagers to watch one of their own tie the knot for the first time as they have only witnessed tourists tying the knot on their beachfront.

Kinisimere Momolevu, the mother of Timoci Momolevu who was one of those that got married, could not hold back her tears watching her son tie the knot.

Mrs Momolevu said she had witnessed something new and this was the first time this was happening in Yasawa-i-Rara, and also saved a lot of money in the process.

She said she had been praying for a miracle to happen because it was costly to travel and the shipping service to their villages operated once a month.

These services were made possible by the partnership of the Fijian Government, United Nations Development Programme and the Japanese Government under the REACH Project, which intends to reach out to the furthest location to provide essential Government services to all Fijians.

The Government officials are currently providing awareness and services in the district of Naviti and it intends to cover all the villages this week.

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