Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night announced a comprehensive relief package – the Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort for Fiji, or CARE for Fiji.
He said it would benefit an estimated 150,000 Fijians impacted by Cyclone Josie and Cyclone Keni.
“CARE for Fiji is an unprecedented and wide-reaching programme of Government assistance that cuts across Government ministries and departments to aid those Fijians impacted by the back-to-back onslaughts of TC Josie and TC Keni,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“Under CARE for FIJI are a host of new Government initiatives covering affected Fijians: HOMES-CARE, FARMS-CARE, SUGARCANE-CARE, LEASEHOLDERS-CARE, WELFARE-CARE AND eTRANSPORT-CARE.
“And the first round of assistance under these initiatives will go directly towards affected Fijians living on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.”
He made the big announcement before he flew out from Nadi on his way to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.
“Under HOMES-CARE, households with an annual income of under $50,000 who have lost items in their homes or whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the cyclones can apply to receive prepaid electronic cards to purchase materials to repair their homes and replace possessions that were lost or badly damaged,” he said.
“If your home was totally destroyed or suffered severe structural damage you qualify for $7000 in relief assistance. Those funds can go towards the reconstruction of your home and to cover the replacement costs for your lost possessions or household items that includes television sets, furniture, housewares; anything of value in your home that was damaged by the rains and flooding.”
Expressions of Interest for vendors are in the Fiji Sun today (See page 12) and the full list of vendors will be announced next week.
If you meet the criteria for this programme, you can find the full details on when, where and how to apply for HOMES-CARE advertised early next week in the Fiji Sun, on radio and published on the Fijian Government Facebook page.
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