By Staycey Yalo, EMTV News, Port Moresby
18 Families of Hanuabada villagers affected by the fire in August this year have been each presented with K2,000 vouchers.
Chief Executive Officer of Brian Bell Group, Cameron Mackellar, who presented the vouchers to each of the families, said they understand that the families have lost everything in the fire and they want to help.
The families are living in tents while waiting for their houses to be built by contractors.
For the families who lost their homes to the fire, the vouchers are an extremely valuable, early Christmas blessing.
The families have been living in tents along the roadside, as they wait for building contractors who are working on their new homes.
Arua Tau, one of the fire victims, was grateful for Brian Bell’s gesture. She was away in Townsville, Australia, when the fire completely took her house. She returned on Monday upon hearing of the fire over the weekend, only to find ashes of what she and her family once called home.
Although progress has been slow for the rebuilding of the houses, some houses have managed to get posts for the foundation of their houses while some will built on reclaimed land. Hanuabada Fire Appeal Committee and Chairman, Dadi Toka Jr, said the decision will be by the affected families as they are the signatories to the account.