Fiji Cyclone – let’s not forget our friends in Fiji

Posted on March 2, 2016

Fiji gardening project

Village before cyclone – family proud of their new vegetable garden

We were devastated to learn that four villages we’ve been working with for the last two years in the Bua province were demolished by Cyclone Winston on 20 February 2016. All the villagers’ crops were destroyed, their homes were flattened and they have no clean water. 

We urgently need your help to raise funds for over 600 people who have lost their homes. A gift of $10 can provide a family of five with an emergency food package or supplies that will provide them with basic essentials for two weeks.   Please donate now.

Bua province suffers from the worst health and economic conditions in Fiji. Water borne diseases are common due to unsafe water and poor sanitation. We work with Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF) in the rural district of Navakasiga in Bua to improve food security, water, sanitation and health. Our projects include establishing vegetable nurseries so women can harvest fresh produce and feed their families, and installing rainwater systems to ensure water during the dry season.

Fiji rainwater tank

Rainwater tank provided village with clean water. Now destroyed by Cyclone Winston

Sadly, the cyclone has destroyed the vegetable gardens and rainwater and sanitation systems, just four years after Cyclone Evan struck in 2012 and obliterated the region’s crops. Now families are again without food, water and shelter, with 80 per cent of homes destroyed.

PCDF are on the ground, ready and waiting to help them but they need $20,000 AUD to pay for supplies and reach the remote villages.

Ms Siobhan Clark, Pacific Program Manager, said many Australians aren’t aware of the scale of this tragedy, which is one of the worst disasters to ever hit the Pacific.

“It has been very disheartening to hear of the devastation in Fiji, a place where many of us love to holiday, and so very close to home. Over 350,000 people have been affected by Cyclone Winston, they are in desperate need of food, water and shelter. I ask that you open your hearts and show our friends in Fiji that we haven’t forgotten them,” she said.

Please give generously today