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Habitat Fiji Reaches Out To More Than 7500 Families

Habitat for Humanity Fiji has reached out to more than 7500 families (35,460 individuals) with emergency shelter kits throughout Fiji as part of its disaster response work following Tropical Cyclcone
25 Aug 2016 08:30
Habitat Fiji Reaches Out To More Than 7500 Families
Habitat for Humanity Fiji National director Masi Latianara (right), assists the team with Build Back Safer training at Waiqanake Settlement in Lami. Photo: HFH Fiji

Habitat for Humanity Fiji has reached out to more than 7500 families (35,460 individuals) with emergency shelter kits throughout Fiji as part of its disaster response work following Tropical Cyclcone Winston. The non-profit non-governmental organisation has surpassed its initial target of 5000 families, including assistance to 297 communities in 11 Provinces.

“Surpassing our target was only possible with the dedicated team of staff and volunteers and we’re overwhelmed by the support, confidence and trust our donors have put in us to effectively deliver the much needed supplies to families affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston,” said HFH Fiji National director Masi Latianara.

“It’s not just about delivering the relief items to the communities in need, but it is about ensuring they are moving towards rebuilding their lives, through cyclone resilient, more permanent shelter solutions. For this reason, our emergency shelter kits contain necessary tools, roofing and informative flyers on Build Back Safer,” said Mr Latianara.

Relief efforts also involved distribution of solar lanterns, solar street lights and generators to communities and schools without electricity supply.

HFH Fiji has also reached out to more than 80 communities with water, sanitation and hygiene services following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“This involved repair and restoration of water supply systems, main tenance of water tanks/ pumps and availing emergency sanitation provisions in communities severely affected ,” said the National Director.

Shortly after the disaster struck, HFH Fiji developed a two year response plan that involves relief, recovery and rehabilitation phases.

“We are about to enter our rehabilitation phase and we are very excited to build new homes for families who have completely lost their homes. This also includes major repair of homes with Build Back Safer training. A number of communities have been identified and our aim is to build 500 new homes.

“We thank the donors who have joined hands with us for this worthy cause and we are continuing to approach a number of donors to assist us in providing decent homes to Fijians in need ,” said Mr Latianara.

HFH Fiji has secured funding to build close to 200 homes throughout Fiji.

HFH Fiji joined together with partner organisations to maximise its ability to reach more communities. These were the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise and Development (FRIEND), People’s Community Network (PCN), ADRA Fiji, Vueti Vuna, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Live and Learn/ Care International, All Hands Volunteers, Red Cross Fiji and the Shelter Cluster Fiji.

HFH Fiji’s relief efforts have been supported by Fiji Community Development Programme (FCDP), World Vision New Zealand and Pacific Timor Leste, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Fiji (ADRA), UNICEF, Child Fund Australia, Australian and New Zealand Aid, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and HFH Australia, HFH New Zealand and HFH International.

Source: Habitat for Humanity Fiji

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