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Thursday 14 May 2020 - The Ministry of Housing and Community Development received food items and other essential items from the British, New Zealand and Australian High Commissions, as well as the American and Japanese Embassies. 


In receiving the donations, the Minister for Housing and Community Development Hon. Premila Kumar thanked the respective High Commissioners and Ambassadors for their continued support and assured them that their contribution would go a long way.


"I thank the Heads of Missions who have come on board to assist us with the Veilomani Food Bank initiative. This initiative is the social responsibility of three Ministries and the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission. It was established to assist Fijian families who are affected by the COVID 19 pandemic".


"This initiative will also assist Fijian families living in Housing Assistance Relief Trust (HART) homes and those in informal settlements who have either lost their jobs due to COVID 19 or work hours have been reduced," said the Minister.


Hon. Kumar added that the food and essential items donated by the High Commissions and Embassies would greatly assist many Fijian families.


The Minister also thanked the Heads of Missions for assisting other areas of work for the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and Community Development.


"I would like to thank the Diplomatic Missions in Fiji for their assistance and continued support in other areas of development. I would like to thank the British High Commission for assisting Rakiraki market vendors in ensuring that Rakiraki Market is plastic free; the New Zealand High Commission for providing a Housing Advisor to develop housing policies and laws to guide development of rural and social housing in Fiji; the Australian High Commission for assisting in the construction of markets and accommodation for vendors around the country and the Japanese Embassy for their support in solid waste management."


"Your support in these areas is sincerely appreciated, as it won't only benefit many Fijian families now, but also the generations to come. Thus, we look forward to more collaboration in the near future," said Hon. Kumar.



For further information please contact:


Mr. Sanjeeva Perera

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Housing and Community Development



Tel: 3304 364

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