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More Than 1000 Families Helped

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Fiji has served more than 1000 families with emergency shelter-kits in the Northern Division following the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The non-profit organisation served 500
20 May 2016 10:58
More Than 1000 Families Helped
Habitat for Humanity Fiji reaching out to the affected families with emergency shelter kit in Taveuni Island. Photo:SUPPLIED

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Fiji has served more than 1000 families with emergency shelter-kits in the Northern Division following the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The non-profit organisation served 500 families in the Province of Bua last month reaching out to Wainunu, Nadi and Kubulau districts.

They have assisted 700 families from 20 communities in Taveuni Island last week.

The distribution of emergency shelter-kits was done in partnership with the Adventist Development and Relief  Agency (ADRA Fiji) and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva (RCAS) .

An emergency shelter-kit includes items such as tarpaulins, ropes, buckets, mosquito nets, solar lanterns, spades, handsaw, shovel, machete, binding wire, roofing nail, pinch bar, bending wire, hammer and other small items.

HFH Fiji has reached out to more than 3000 families as a whole with emergency shelter-kits throughout Fiji as part of its disaster response work following TC Winston.

This involved distribution of emergency shelter kits in more than 150 communities in Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and Ovalau.

HFH Fiji Communications Manager, Doreen Narayan said they are far from their actual target which was assisting 5000 families and their teams were currently deployed in the field to carry out the necessary distribution work.

“This is time consuming because we are making sure these kits are reaching the most affected families including single mothers,” Ms Narayan said.

“HFH Fiji is also working in more than 30 communities with emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) repairs, supported by the Australian Aid.

“We also have a lot of people enquiring on reconstruction, construction costs, house models we have and generally how can HFH Fiji help with the reconstruction work.

“We would like to help out as many people as possible and currently we are sourcing funding for this. We are continuing to approach a number of donors including the Government to assist with the rehabilitation work.”

She said HFH Fiji had the capacity and experience to provide essential rehabilitation assistance to families and communities in need.

Background

Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HFH Fiji) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1991.

HFH Fiji is a member of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), founded in 1976 to eliminate poverty housing.

HFH Fiji builds and repairs homes for low-income families and is one of the biggest single entity housing providers in Fiji next to government.

They believe every Fijian family should have access to their basic right to adequate housing in the most practical and cost-effective way.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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