The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa yesterday received a cheque of FJD$5639.96 on behalf of victims of Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni  from the  University of the South Pacific and Campus Life Department at the USP campus in Suva. 

Minister Vuniwaqa said it was important for Fijians to understand and appreciate the enormous difficulties that other fellow Fijians had gone through during the Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni earlier this year. She thanked the University of the South Pacific and Campus Life Department and reminded them that whatever the amount and assistance received today, Government was  happy that institutions as such have not forgotten their fellow Fijians.
Vuniwaqa added that government has a wide range of assistance that are available to eligible individuals including personal hardship and distress assistance and financial and personal counselling.

“Our government is working together with stakeholders and relevant agencies to ensure that disaster-affected communities receive the necessary support during and post disaster to help them recover as soon as possible”, Hon Vuniwaqa concluded.

Vuniwaqa also said that the 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. Under CARE for FIJI the Government initiatives covering affected Fijians are: HOMES-CARE, FARMS-CARE, SUGARCANE-CARE, LEASEHOLDERS-CARE, WELFARE-CARE AND eTRANSPORT-CARE.

University of the South Pacific, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Coll said the assistance from the USP staff, students, sponsors and the community will help Government in assisting those that were affected during Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni earlier this year. He said they were glad to handover this assistance so people in affected areas could also reestablish their lives and homes.
Campus Life Department  had received overwhelming support from staff, students, sponsors and the community  that had helped them raised the money during their flood appeal, he added. 

Also present at the handing over were USP Group Manager Campus Life Mr Glenn Pope, staff, students and representatives from sponsors. 


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