Making ends meet

Laisani Bisi washes their clothes while her two-year-old daughter Adi Merelesita Sevu looks on at Nacula, Yasawa. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO.

NOT a single day goes by unused for mother-of-two Laisani Bisi.

While some housewives and mothers may have certain days of the week which they can use to relax, this is not the case for the Nacula, Yasawa lady.

She is always on the go, she will always do everything at home to make sure the best meal is cooked for her family and the best care is provided for her two children.

And during this dry season, Laisani ensures her family has sufficient water to last them throughout the day.

Laisani is originally from Vitogo, Lautoka but got married and moved to Nacula many years ago.

Since then, her life revolves around the beauty of Yasawa.

Laisani’s daily routine includes carting water very early in the morning from the nearby well to wash her family’s clothes and kitchen utensils before drawing water from a tap to cook breakfast.

This has been her life for many years as she ensures the best is provided for her husband and two children. And she is one of the many Nacula villagers whose family and children are expected to benefit from the recently-launched 20 years Sustainable Development Plans that is expected to benefit people of two districts in the Western Division, Nacula, Yasawa and Nailaga, Ba.

Access to sustainable water sources, education, transportation, health and well-being, economic security, women development, youth development, sustainable management of natural resources to climate change, still remain challenges that are faced by villagers from these communities and many other communities across Fiji.

These plans is a result of consultations over the past three years between the two districts, the World Wide Fund for Nature – Pacific (WWF-Pacific) and stakeholders in the various government ministries.

Acting commissioner western Joji Satakala said the 20 years Sustainable Development Plans would go a long way in ensuring these communities of Nailaga and Nacula districts are equipped with the necessary tools to address such issues.

“The 2018-2038 Sustainable Development Plans provides a roadmap towards strengthened development but more importantly, that development is carried out sustainably,” Mr Satakala said.

“This is a hallmark goal for government and something the relevant government stakeholders are working at achieving with its stakeholders.

“Today’s launch is a testament to the partnership of every stakeholder.”

The Nacula and Nailaga District Sustainable Development Plans looks at addressing the sustainable management of resources and reducing the vulnerability of communities to natural disasters and climate variability.

This is also aligned with the Fiji National Green Growth Framework, Fiji National Development Plan and other national policies.

To ensure this 20 years plan works accordingly, the two districts have elected committees that consists of a chair, vice chair, secretary, and all village headmen, women and youth representatives, have important tasks to carry out and ensure the Sustainable Development Plan’s aims and objectives are met.

And this is a task the government, WWF-Pacific and stakeholders will continue to provide support for as assured by Mr Satakala.

The acting commissioner western also applauded the people of America and Germany through the Pacific American Climate Fund project of ‘Strengthening Governance and Resource Management for Climate Resilient Communities in Fiji’ and the German-funded project of ‘Living with Change: Resilient Mangroves, Fisheries and People of Fiji and PNG’ for supporting this worthy initiative.

The signing of the 20 years SDG will also facilitate the effective implementation of planned activities under a German-funded project – Living with Change: Resilient Mangroves, Fisheries and People of Fiji and PNG from 2018 to 2020.

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