REACH program enables Yasawa couple to be legally married

Minister Vuniwaqa with Mr and Mrs Daveta and the REACH Team after the civil marriage event at the Naisisili Village Hall. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE REACH team ensures that the Fijian people are enlightened on the government services and the work that had been carried so far in the Yasawa group.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa highlighted this in a government statement issued today after a couple in the Yasawa group were legally married through the REACH Programme by the Ministry for Women and working in collaboration with Births, Deaths Marriage section under the Ministry of Justice.

It was a dream come true and a pleasant surprise for Apisai and Timaima Daveta from Naisisili Village after receiving their civil marriage certificate in Yasawa.

Mr Apisai Daveta said they had been planning to tie the knot after living as a couple for the past few months.

“Our time is mostly spent on the island and working at the Safelanding Resort and most of the services we’ve come to know about now are through the outreach by the REACH programme this week,” Mr Daveta said.

He said to access government services, such as marriage registration, the people of Naisisili village, would travel all the way to Nadi or Lautoka and it is really expensive.

Meanwhile the REACH mobile service delivery’ raises people’s awareness on the rights enshrined in Fiji’s Constitution and provides social, economic and legal services by the relevant service providers at the doorstep of the people in Fiji.

The REACH team is expected to be in the Yasawa group of Islands for another week before they complete their outreach program.

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