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NDMO Receives Reports Of Individuals Falsely Claiming To Run TC Yasa Relief Efforts

NDMO has received several reports of individuals soliciting payments under the guise of TC Yasa relief donations. These reports are being actively investigated.
26 Dec 2020 16:23
NDMO Receives Reports Of Individuals Falsely Claiming To Run TC Yasa Relief Efforts
NDMO Director Vasiti Soko during a press conference on December 17, 2020.

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management expresses its deepest gratitude to all individuals and organisations who have donated financially and in kind to the communities and villages which were affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa which struck Fiji last week.

The Ministry is also grateful to first responders, civil society and development partners for their efficient responses complementing Government’s multi-level and multi partner response.

Unfortunately, NDMO has received several reports of individuals soliciting payments under the guise of TC Yasa relief donations. These reports are being actively investigated.

To prevent well-intentioned donors from being exploited, NDMO is requesting that all interested organizations, groups, civil society orgs, and businesses seeking to collect TC Yasa-related assistance register to become “NDMO-Certified” so that the giving public are assured that their funds are put to use as intended.

This certification process has no fee. The process of becoming “NDMO-Certified” is simple. It carries the additional benefit of ensuring that aid is not unnecessarily duplicated and that the holistic needs of affected communities are met.

We can maximise the value of every dollar of assistance by ensuring it is well-coordinated and well-targeted to meet the many, varying needs of
Fijians who were in path of this latest severe weather event.

By doing so, we ensure that no community or village is marginalized or excluded in the relief response and that there is a reliable financial record of the types of assistance given to those most affected by TC Yasa.

“We have received a number of reports of individuals falsely claiming to run TC Yasa relief operations. In the meantime, we believe the simple process of becoming NDMO-Certified will grant the public the confidence that their assistance is headed where it ought to be. The effective coordination of relief is also a major consideration. We also don’t want a situation where one community has twice as much food as they need, but have no clothing, while another community has doubled up on clothes and has nothing to eat. By coordinating our donations, we can ensure every donated dollar is used as efficiently as possible –– and that every community gets the support they so badly need,” said the Director NDMO.

The NDMO has established a page for registration purpose, and this can be accessed at www.ndmo.gov.fj under TC Yasa Relief. Given the urgency of the situation, NDMO is committed to approving complete, verifiable applications as quickly as possible.

Forms are also available with the Divisional Commissioners Offices. A letter will be sent by NDMO or Divisional Commissioner’s Office upon completion of verification and registration. The organisers are to display this in any notices for fundraising and collection.

In this regard, organisations and groups who have already received donations may continue with their fundraising and collection drives.

They are kindly requested to liaise with either the NDMO or Divisional Commissioners to register the items they have collected and which communities they will distribute their donations to. Otherwise, we encourage them to donate their collections to a NDMO-Certified organization.

This will enable the NDMO and Divisional Commissioners Offices to better coordinate and plan response and relief distribution to the affected communities.

Any further queries on this can be directed to our NDMO toll-free line on 915 to the email address ndmofiji.media@gmail.com.



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