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VHP banner for the victims of TC winston

BY MEGHA SHARMA

The recent cyclones in Fiji have caused severe destruction in the land. Many families lost their homes and are even deprived of any assistance being huge in numbers. However, a VHP initiative seems to lighten up the world of these families.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad has announced of donating a thousand solar rechargeable lights to some families of Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki. Each light which costs 30 dollars, can earn 30,000 dollars for the organisation.

These lights are to be bought from China and will be available in two weeks’ time being delivered by the air freight. This lightening up will give a great relief to all the children who for the previous days have seen darkness overshadowing their educational future. In absence of lights, they were unable to catch up their studies.

These solar lights are also amazing news for the mobile users as it comes with a mobile chargeable option. It will help them to build up the lost connectivity that they felt.

This task of evacuating and rehabilitating the affected has been described by the organisation’s president, Jay Dayal, in these words: “We have provided evacuation (shelters) right on the day of cyclone, and provided in excess of 2500 food packs, bottled water, clothes, tarpaulins, solar lights, cash, timber and tins to the victims.”

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VHP helpers giving materials to a victim at the TC winston.

The TC Winston shadowed the lives of these people. The president also claims that they are doing a selfless job by being at the forefront and undergoing hard labour to confirm the reliefs on their behalf. He further adds: “We are currently in discussion with our overseas affiliates in USA to come to Fiji to provide psychological and mental support to the victims.”

The organisation has successfully provided the promised services to about 2800 families and they are working for more. This solar light donation seems to be an icing on the cake on their part, as with basic necessities they are bringing light to the darkened world of these victims.

(Megha is a student at the University of Delhi. She is pursuing her masters in English and has also done her studies in German Language.) GMAIL- loveme2010.ms@gmail.com

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