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ADRA Fiji, NZ Aid Assist Kia Island

People living on Kia Island received assistance from ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) Fiji as part of the Cyclone Yasa food security and livelihood project. Funded by the New
25 Jan 2021 15:31
ADRA Fiji, NZ Aid Assist Kia Island
COVID-19 Mitigation and Preparedness project team with Wailevu villagers during the distribution on January 24,2021. Photo: ADRA FIJI

People living on Kia Island received assistance from ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) Fiji as part of the Cyclone Yasa food security and livelihood project.

Funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the agency aims to assist 700 households in 15 affected communities in the coastal areas of Macuata.

Teaming up with the Macuata Provincial Office, distributions were made to the three villages of Yaro, Daku and Ligau where they were supplied with basic food items.

A chainsaw was also handed over to help with Debris and Immediate communal clean-up to address the imminent health risks of leptospirosis, typhoid, dengue and diarrhoea (LTDD).

While the uprooted trees can be utilised for timber to rebuild damaged homes, ADRA Fiji Programme director, Ana Alburqueque, said they hope that the initiatives promote community ‘solesolevaki’ and fosters the need to return to psychological normalcy in conducting activities as a community.

In Yaro Village, the chainsaw was utilised straight after it was handed over with the men clearing logs and debris in the village.

Yaro Village headman, Kemueli Lautiki, was thankful for the assistance received. The food items, basic cleaning equipment and vegetable seeds were shared equally among the 38 households in the village. Assistance also included fishing lines and hooks.

“We are grateful for the kind thoughts and the assistance rendered towards us. For immediate response, I believe food is really a need because we have lost our staple food supplies from our farm but we are already on our toes attending to our garden,” he said.

“We have fallen trees on our farms as well and from next week, we will start clearing them using the chainsaw that you have just handed over to us. Thank you for your assistance.”

More assistance is expected for Kia Island under this project by the New Zealand Government through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) .

Meanwhile, immediate intervention under the TC Yasa Food Security & Livelihood project is focused on the need for debris management and clean up within the communities; injection of cash for communal livelihood support; and promote community social cohesion.

 


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