Anniversary of Cyclone Winston

Posted on February 27, 2017

fijiCyclone Winston swept across Fiji just over a year ago. The worst cyclone in the region’s history killed 44 people, and left countless others without access to food, shelter or clean water.

With your help, we raised $20,000 to help those who lost their homes and livelihoods. Teaming up with Partners in Community Development Fiji, we focused our recovery effort on Nadi district in the north.

Your gifts bought essential tools, such as hammers, saws and knives, to help people rebuild their homes and public buildings. These items belong to the whole community, so every household has access to them when needed.

Your gifts also provided much-needed seeds so families could begin growing their own food again. Without their gardens, villagers were forced to rely on expensive food from shops. Since their traditional crops, such as sweet potato and cassava, would not be ready for months, we provided fast-growing vegetables such as long beans, eggplant, tomato, cucumber and cabbage for immediate nutrition and variety during this time of food scarcity.

Today, communities in Nadi are continuing to rebuild village infrastructure, and to develop their gardens to improve their health and nutrition.  

You can help more communities in Fiji and the Pacific prepare for natural disaster.

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