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1000 Shelters From Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Fiji has distributed more than 1000 emergency shelter kits to Cyclone Winston affected areas on Viti Levu and is targeting other parts of the country. The non-profit
26 Mar 2016 10:02
1000 Shelters From Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Fiji distributes emergency shelter kits to people in Veidrala villagers in Ra. Photo: Habitat for Humanity Fiji

Habitat for Humanity Fiji has distributed more than 1000 emergency shelter kits to Cyclone Winston affected areas on Viti Levu and is targeting other parts of the country.

The non-profit organisation continues to reach out to affected families and targets to reach 5000 families in urgent need of shelter assistance.

HFH Fiji National director Masi Latianara said: “We are far from our actual target which is assisting 5000 families.

“Our teams are currently deployed in the field to carry out the necessary distribution work in Tailevu, Ra, Lautoka and Ba.

“It is a time-consuming process as we work towards bringing these kits to the most vulnerable sub-groups within the affected communities.”

HFH Fiji is currently working in partnership with the People’s Community Network (PCN) to distribute relief supplies in a timely manner.

More partners are expected to join HFH Fiji in their distribution effort.

The organisation has so far have reached out to close to 50 communities.

The emergency shelter kit consists of tarpaulin and a basic set of tools which include items such as rope, bucket, handsaw, shovel, cane knife, binding wire, nails and hammers.

The kits are configured to be able to cater for families that do not live within a community and those that do.

Training and supporting literature is also provided around the use of the kits and possible ways in which families can erect a temporary shelter.

HFH Fiji, with its distribution partners is targeting affected communities in Tailevu North and Ra. On Vanua Levu in Savusavu, Solevu and affected communities along the Southern coast.

The organisation is also planning to distribute kits in Levuka.

Mr Latianara said: “We are grateful to the local and international volunteers who have tirelessly worked with HFH Fiji to rebuild the lives of many and our donors whose support has made all this possible.”

HFH Fiji disaster relief work is supported by the Australian and New Zealand Aid, World Vision Pacific and International Organisation for Migration.

Mr Latianara said the team was looking forward to supply other affected areas.

HFH Fiji works in close co-ordination with Government through the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

To donate to Habitat for Humanity Fiji’s Tropical Cyclone Winston disaster response fund log onto: http://www.bit.ly/HFH-Winston

Source: Habitat for Humanity

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