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Nuku’alofa – September 12, 2022: 6pm (Nuku’alofa Times): People living with disabilities in Ha’apai now have better access to community centres and schools around the Foa district following the construction of nine ramps at different locations.

Members of the Foa community constructed ramps to provide better access to community centres and schools.

Funded by the Australian Direct Aid Program, the project has been applauded and Australian High Commissioner Rachel Moore was on hand to receive the applauds from community members.

Ms Moore said the work was completed to a high standard and she was thrilled with the dedication, ensuring everyone could participate in community activities.

Fotua students and teachers at the primary school ramp site. Photo: AHC

The launch of the completion was done by HE Moore at the Foa Health Centre on September 9.

Foa project coordinator Mr Falakesi Loketi said the ramps will enable access for people with disabilities, especially those on wheelchairs or with mobility challenges.

Ramps were constructed at Foa Health Centre, three schools, five churches and community halls.

Some of the buildings are used as evacuation centres for the community in times of natural disaster.

Construction materials for the project were funded by the Australian Direct Aid Program (DAP).

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