Partnership project gives 162 families new homes

“Misereor”, the German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Co-operation, has helped to fund a People’s Community Network (PCN) project that will provide a home for people who have been living in informal settlements in the Jittu Estate in Raiwaqa near Suva Fiji.

The Lagilagi Housing Project is a partnership between families and PCN, where the families pay $12,000 over a period of 12 to 14 years for the construction of their own two or three bedroom home.

More than 70 families are currently occupying the units constructed in the first phase of the project.

Chairman of the board at PCN and consultant of the NGO, Catholic priest Father Kevin Barr, said phase two has started and that will house another 46 families.

Barr said there are also plans to have a Community Hall, a Kindergarten and Homework Centre, a small market, a Police Post, sports facilities and a taxi stand.

He said work on these extra services and facilities depend on the finance assistance they are able to foster with interested donor agencies and business communities.

$3 million was provided by the Government in 2014 for the completion of the remaining work of phase 1 and the commencement of phase 2.


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