TC Winston

7500 families receive emergency shelter kits

Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HFH) has reached out to more than 7500 families and 35,460 individuals with emergency shelter kits throughout Fiji. This is part of its disaster response work following TC Winston which in addition has involved the distribution of solar lanterns, solar street lights and generators to communities and schools without electricity supply […]

Salote Qalubau

August 22, 2016 8:30 am

Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HFH) has reached out to more than 7500 families and 35,460 individuals with emergency shelter kits throughout Fiji.

Fiji National Director Masi Latianara (right) assist the team with Build Back Safer training at Waiqanake Settlement in Lami. (HFH)
Habitat for Humanity Fiji Fiji National Director Masi Latianara (right) assists the team with Build Back Safer training at Waiqanake Settlement in Lami. (HFH)

This is part of its disaster response work following TC Winston which in addition has involved the distribution of solar lanterns, solar street lights and generators to communities and schools without electricity supply as well as the provision of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene services to more than 80 communities.

HFH Fiji National Director Masi Latianara said the non-government organization has surpassed its initial target of 5000 families, including assistance to 297 communities in 11 Provinces throughout Fiji and has secured funding to build another 200 homes throughout Fiji.

LATIANARA: “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 TC Winston.”

“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.”

Mr Latianara emphasized that HFH Fiji has collaborated with partner organisations to maximise its ability to reach more communities.

LATIANARA: “This involved repair and restoration of water supply systems, maintenance of water tanks/ pumps and availing emergency sanitation provisions in communities severely affected.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.”

He said a number of communities have been identified and their aim is to build 500 new homes.

LATIANARA: “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.”

Meanwhile, HFH Fiji’s relief efforts have been supported by:

  • Fiji Community Development Programme (FCDP)
  • World Vision World Vision New Zealand and Pacific Timor-Leste
  • International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
  • Adventist Development and Relief Agency Fiji (ADRA)
  • UNICEF
  • Child Fund Australia
  • Australian and New Zealand Aid
  • Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  • HFH Australia
  • HFH New Zealand
  • HFH International

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