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Habitat For Humanity Fiji Commits To Assist 5000 Families

  Habitat for Humanity Fiji is ready to assist families and communities build a better and brighter future. The non-profit organisation is anticipating supporting 5000 families affected by Tropical Cyclone
05 Mar 2016 08:30
Habitat For Humanity Fiji Commits To Assist 5000 Families
Habitat for Humanity Fiji National Director Masi Latianara

 

Habitat for Humanity Fiji is ready to assist families and communities build a better and brighter future.

The non-profit organisation is anticipating supporting 5000 families affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston with emergency shelter assistance.

National Director, Masi Latianara, said HFH Fiji has the capability, knowledge and skills to deliver emergency shelter assistance to families that have lost everything in the recent cyclone that devastated the nation.

“All we need is the support of donors, government and corporate organisations to aid rebuild the lives of affected families,” he said.

“An assessment carried out by HFH Fiji team last week revealed that shelter is a high priority and an urgent need for affected families.

HFH Fiji officials carried out a high level cyclone assessment in the North and Viti Levu from February 23 to 26.

HFH Fiji continues to carry out Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assessment in Viti Levu this week.

Mr Latianara said: “We are more than happy to note that homes built by HFH Fiji survived the cyclone especially in most affected areas like Rakiraki, Ba and Tavua.

“This is an achievement for us and further boosts the confidence our home partners have in our homes.”

Jotame Seru, a sugarcane farmer in Naivuvuni, Rakiraki, is one of the Habitat home partners whose house survived the cyclone.

“I am safe with Habitat. I am proud of the fact that I am associated with Habitat for Humanity Fiji because my house stood still and I remained safe inside my house when the cyclone was at its peak,” he said.

“Everyone stops at my place and asks me, who built my house and I feel good to share with them that I worked with Habitat,’ said the 52-year-old.

HFH Fiji built his home in 2013 funded by the European Union.

HFH Fiji is currently coordinating with Government agencies and other partners on disaster response operations.

Based on funding availability, the longer-term response will follow Habitat’s model of assisting affected communities with housing solutions ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.

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