Twenty eight villagers graduate from chainsaw workshop

TWENTY-EIGHT villagers from Nakorotubu in coastal Ra graduated from a week-long training on chainsaw operation facilitated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and assisted by the Ministry of Forests last week.

The aim of the training is to assist the people in the rebuilding process where they are able to process woods to reconstruct their homes and to clear their farm lands from the trees felled by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This is UNDP’s second initiative to help rebuild the lives of the people. Their “Cash for Work” program in affected areas was to assist people with the clearing of debris.

UNDP deputy resident representative Akiko Suzaki was content with the results of the program when she visited with a team last week.

“The villages have become cleaner — I am able to meet with all of you and to witness the results of this initiative and all of your work.

“This success is your success and I hope that would continue with your success and knowledge that you have received — no one can take it away from you,” she told the graduates.

Ms Suzaki said a lot of the farm areas had been cleared when she visited on the first month after the cyclone.

“I could see a lot of debris lying around but what I am very pleased about seeing is that a lot of the debris have used recycling for manure — it has to do with dedication of the people in this village.”

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