When the people of Tuatua village in Koro nominated Ratu Josefa Ma’afu Tui Lau Sigalolo to be the beneficiary of the third house that Fiji Red Cross is building in Koro, he was overwhelmed with joy and happiness. He could not embrace the thought of ever building a house after TC Winston.
He was in Lautoka when Tropical Cyclone Winston destroyed his house. “When I returned my house was gone, nothing was left everything was destroyed”, Said Ratu Josefa
Ratu Josefa Ma’afu Tui Lau Sigalolo is currently the Tui Koro (Chief) for Tuatua Village and he is motivating the people of Tuatua to learn as much as they could from Fiji Red Cross while they are in the village. “The people of Tuatua are ready and here to support the work Fiji Red Cross is doing on the Island”, said Ratu Josefa.
There will be two demonstration houses constructed on the island of Koro, one in Tuatua village and the other in Namacu village. Part of the “build back safer” house is the training of 12 village members from each village in building the house and also providing the tools and safety gears that the participants will use in constructing other houses in the village.
Tuatua village have five construction teams in the village, each with a carpenter. “We divide the village in five sections so the five groups can work in each sectors building new houses for the people”, said Ratu Josefa.
Fiji Red Cross plans to build an office and storage space in Koro. “This is for the sole purpose of reaching the people of Koro with relief items promptly, in times of disaster”, said Mr Ledua. Mr Ledua is the operation manager for Fiji Red Cross and plays a vital role in the pre-positioning of Fiji Red Cross’s branch offices and storage spaces around the country.
The strategic prepositioning will engage and mobilise good community support and participation. Additionally, it will assist in the realisation of Fiji Red Cross Vision which is “A resilient Fiji, free from vulnerabilities, where people are ready to offer impartial and voluntary assistance to those in need.”