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Food, Clothes, Health Packs: Get Them To The Right People

Monster storm Winston changed this nation forever. Lives are lost, tens of thousands of families left homeless. Many more are unsure of what lies ahead. It has also shown that
07 Mar 2016 10:41
Food, Clothes, Health Packs: Get Them To The Right People

Monster storm Winston changed this nation forever. Lives are lost, tens of thousands of families left homeless. Many more are unsure of what lies ahead.

It has also shown that we Fijians are very generous people. Fijians here and overseas started gathering food, clothes, and hygiene packs to help. But, has everyone been assisted? No.

Some Fijians are out there, still without assistance. And we are to be blamed for it. Firstly, many who reached out to help, did not do the right thing. They did not channel their assistance through the National Disaster Management Office.

This meant in some areas there had been duplication. In others, no assistance. Fact remains that only the NDMO is in a position to know the extent of devastation in villages, rural areas and maritime zones.

Only the NDMO knows where help has reached, and areas where people still need assistance. Only the NDMO has the logistical capacity to ensure people in hard to reach places are not left behind.

This does not mean that everyone loads their donations and take it up to the Knollys Street office.This merely means reaching out to NDMO to cross check with them on areas that still need assistance.

But this is not the only reason why many Fijians have missed out on any form of relief work. There is a more sinister reason.

Some have become greedy. Word is coming in from the Western Division about how some people have made it their day’s work to sit on roadsides.

They flag down vehicles carrying relief supplies. Some have deliberately not made any attempts to fix up their houses so they look like they are in need.

Then there are those who have been taking these relief supplies and selling it off to retailers. This is a shame.

Shame on those who get the supplies. And shame on the shopkeepers who are paying them for it.

These people are unfairly taking supplies which could and should have gone to others. Shame on them. But this too can be very easily avoided.

Before you take your relief supplies down to affected areas, reach out to any staff at the National Disaster Management Office.

Ask them about people who still need help.Do not fall prey to a few cunning  people out there, who are out to make quick dollars, ignoring the plight of those who should be assisted.

Fijians are known for their generosity. Keep those donations coming. But please do ensure that the right people are assisted.

 

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