Because the first outbreak of COVID-19 in Fiji, the Salvation Military Lautoka has been a beacon of hope to many within the Waiyavi neighborhood.
With the impression of the pandemic affecting the livelihood of many who’ve misplaced their jobs and have had their hours diminished, the church, led by Captain Salesi Temo, has been there to offer consolation and help to the needy.
“We now have households coming in for assist as a result of there was no meals to feed their households and we now have been making an attempt to help them with no matter little we now have,” Captain Salesi mentioned.
“When the restrictions had been restricted and colleges re-opened, we had been offering lunch packs for college students to assist households who had no supply of earnings.”
This act of kindness, in response to Captain Salesi, was additional supported by the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) offering livelihood help to the church to help these affected of their communities.
By means of the Church Company Community Catastrophe Operations (CAN DO) COVID-19 Activation Section 2 response, the church was assisted with agricultural kits, vegetable seeds and money initiatives which had been distributed to the neighborhood.
“We had been delighted to have been chosen as a venture website for the response as a result of no matter we acquired had been of nice assist to the affected inhabitants in Waiyavi,” Captain Salesi mentioned.
“We distributed seeds and we additionally planted them right here within the church compound. Even earlier than distribution, folks had been coming to ask for meals from our backyard and we had been glad to share them contemplating the hardships they had been going via.”
A retired army officer (identify suppressed) mentioned he was grateful to the help acquired which offered meals on the desk for his household through the pandemic.
“My son works for Fiji Ports and he’s the principle breadwinner of the household. His hours had been diminished due to COVID-19 and we struggled to place meals on the desk to cater for the seven of us,” he mentioned.
“I planted cassava however it will take time to reap. Sooner or later we got vegetable seeds and that was of nice assist to us. We had diminished the quantity of meals we eat and the greens provides from the harvest helped us to at the least avoid wasting cash for our payments,” the 62-year-old mentioned.
“We aren’t members of the church however we’re grateful to have been assisted. We additionally shared our harvest with our relations who had been additionally going via a tough time.”
At this time, the Salvation Military can be house to many younger boys who’ve dropped out of college.
“We now have about eight boys staying with us. A few of them wouldn’t have a house and have been residing with relations so I’ve introduced them in to stick with us. Some have returned to high school and journey each day from house,” Captain Salesi mentioned.
“They’ve been actually useful to me as a result of they plant and take care of the backyard. Harvests are nonetheless being distributed at the moment.”