Family moves into new home

Nick Barnes (second from left) and Jenny Seeto (second from right) with Samuela Bainikalou and his family. Picture: JONA KONATACI

The troubles of a family of four living in a deteriorating home is now over.

Samuela Bainikalou’s family had been living in a home that was in “a very poor condition” at Kalekana Settlement outside Lami for many years.

They were given the keys to their newly constructed home by Habitat for Humanity Fiji yesterday.

“I applied to Habitat Fiji in 2018,” he said.

“The house before, we’ve had for a very long time, and it wasn’t in a good condition.

“Through Habitat Fiji’s assistance, they demolished our old house and in return gave us a new home that we are grateful for.”

Mr Bainikalou said they had to live with friends when the house was still under construction.

“But now my son, wife, mother and I can finally sleep in our new home.”

Habitat for Humanity Fiji is an NGO that works with families and communities to improve their living conditions.

A member Nick Barnes said $30,000 was raised for construction. After Cyclone Yasa, Mr Barnes did a 100km run in 10 days for sponsorship.

“We were going to build in 2019, but because of covid, it was delayed,” he said.

“Habitat for Humanity with the help of the community started building three weeks ago and now we’ve managed to complete a home for Samuela and his family.

“It’s a good example of what the community can do when they get together and put their minds to it.”

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