Religious Bodies Help

Religious organisations in the country have joined in the relief assistance to help members of their congregations recover from the devastation left behind by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The Category Five
27 Feb 2016 11:36
Religious Bodies Help
LDS Missionaries packing Hygiene Kits. Photo: LDS Church.

Religious organisations in the country have joined in the relief assistance to help members of their congregations recover from the devastation left behind by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Category Five monster cyclone, which brought damaging winds and heavy rain, damaged infrastructure, uprooted crops and homes and left behind dead bodies.

She struck Fiji last Saturday.


Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma

The church has called its members in all divisions to help collect food and clothes to help families and people who were affected by the cyclone.

Members from all divisions have started collecting clothes, beddings, kitchen utensils, kerosene and kerosene stoves, lanterns and water to be distributed to affected areas.

The 17 divisions involved are Nausori, Rewa, Naitasiri, Makoi, Vunidakua, Wesley, Suva, Indian Division, Lami, Suvavou, Nabua, Kinoya, Rotuma, Serua, Namosi-i-Wai, Vatukarasa and Nadroga.

Church secretary communications Reverend James Bhagwan said: “All members are asked to bring your donations to your respective divisional superintendent (Talatala) for sorting.

“We ask divisions in the Suvavou – Nausori corridor to bring their donations to Jubilee Hall and those divisions outside this area will have a truck to collect donations.

“We will also bring in specialised trainers from Australia to help our church Ministers in Fiji provide counselling for the victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston,” he said.


Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lami continues to pack food supplies to be distributed around the country.

Their teams have supplied bags of food up the Tailevu North area and are planning to distribute to other affected areas.

Financial officer Vic Bonetti said: “We   packed 1400 bags of food and we have delivered 700 bags up to Dawasamu and Wainibuka and we have bags for the West between Rakiraki and Ba.”


New Methodist Christian Fellowship

Church members are not only praying for those who have been affected, but have been reaching out to families around Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and the outer islands with supplies.

The church has dispatched and reached out to certain areas since February 23.

They have been to Vugalei, Tailevu North, Wainibuka, Naitasiri, Tavua, Vatukoula, Ba, and Vanuabalavu, Ovalau, Wainibuka and Naisere in Ra taking foodpacks, clothing, shoes, kitchen utilities and cutleries.

The team will head to Savusavu and Taveuni today with 30 cartons of food ration, clothing and other required materials for the needy.

The teams have also been helping families by praying and giving them hope to rebuild their homes.

The church is also conducting corporate counselling through live stream media on scheduled regional training programmes on air through FM and RF1 on Sunday’s for all NCF with Word of Hope.

Pastors are visiting people in evacuation centres and are counselling the victims.


Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva is holding a Cyclone Appeal. All those wishing to contribute in kind may be directed to the following parishes; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lautoka, Mt St Mary’s Nadi, St Michael’s, Nadi Town, St Joan of Arc, Sigatoka, St Peter Chanel, Korolevu and St Vincent de Paul, Nausori.

All Parishes in the greater Suva Area may bring their contributions to Nicholas House, beside the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

For further information, contact the Vicar- General on 3301955 or Joe Nainima at the Justice and Development on 3301955/3309525 or 9419241.

Vicar-General Father Sulio Turaga Kacivi highlighted the importance of the Catholic churches and parishes to work together with the Government and NDMO in providing assistance to the affected areas.

“We have done our assessment of the areas that have been affected and once we will get the reports we will send it to overseas caritas in New Zealand and Australia who ready to help,” Father Kacivi said.

Roman Catholic Archdiocesan disaster response team have been going around Fiji assessing the damage and identifying what people need as immediate assistance.


Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji

Media relations officer Kamlesh Arya said Arya Shamaj groups around Fiji would be collecting money among members.

“The machinery to collect money through our membership has started we are just waiting for Sunday to get a feedback on how will they contribute to the appeal,” Mr Arya said.

The Shaba will be collecting money from all its groups and will give it to their head quarters at Ono Street, Samabula and they will submit it to the Prime Minister’s Office so it can be used to help families in need.


Munivatu Sanatan Dharam Ram Mandir

Mandir president Pratab Singh thanked the support of members and neighbours who helped to fundraise.

“I am thankful to our well-wishers from overseas who donated $1500 cash and Hardip Narayan and Sons for donating all the groceries that was used to make the food for the fundraiser,” Mr Singh said.

“The committee members and friends got together to serve the food which consisted of puri, potato channa curry and tomato chutney for only $5.

“They sold more than a thousand serves and are planning to do another fundraiser next week to continue helping the people in need in this time of devastation.

“The money they gained was $1000 was given to the mandir and cash donations from overseas will be deposited in the Government account,” he said.


Edited by Maikeli Seru.


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