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Nahida's story: picking papaya again after the tsunami

Nahida Mohammed picking papaya in the MaldivesMother-of-five Nahida Mohammed (39) has been helped to farm again thanks to a cash grant from the British Red Cross.

 

Nahida lives on the Maldives island of Isdhoo Kalaidhoo with her husband, Hussein Gasin, and their three daughters and two sons.

 

She works as an attendant at the local clinic and also helps her husband with the farming. Their cash grant has enabled them to grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables, such as papaya, water melon, sweet potato and pumpkin.

 

Most of the produce is grown in the fields but they also have a lush garden filled with fresh vegetables at the back of their home. Picking papaya from her garden, she explained that her husband takes the fruit and vegetables from the farm to be sold in the capital, Male.

 

Nahida came to hear of the British Red Cross' work on the island through community meetings and applied for a cash grant.

 

She said: “Things have been generally good and it’s good that the Red Cross is here.  Life is quite difficult at times – particularly bringing up the children but I hope they will have a bright future.”

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