80 houses have been built in the villages of Navaga and Mudu by youth carpenters on Koro island.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports, in partnership with the Technical College of Fiji, conducted a Basic Carpentry Training on Koro island in October and November last year as there was a shortage of carpenters to help in the rebuilding and rehabilitation work after Cyclone Winston.
Youth Minister Laisenia Tuitubou was in Koro earlier this week to hand over tools purchased from a grant from the Chinese Government to assist youths in building more houses on the island at a quicker pace.
Tuitubou says there was a need for carpenters and the Ministry took up the challenge to train 98 carpenters, including seven women.
He says Koro is still re‑building after the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston and the youths have done tremendous work on the island.
Tuitubou says these basic sets of tools complement the skills they have acquired from the training last year and to help further enhance their rehabilitation efforts.
He handed over 14 sets of basic carpentry tools to 14 youth clubs on Koro Island.
Mudu village elder, Tevita Vunileba says these young carpenters have built 40 houses in Mudu and 40 houses in Navaga and they are grateful for this assistance for empowering their youths.Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.