August 25, 2016 12:03 pm

Fiji Red Cross and IFRC to rebuild 50 cyclone-resistant homes

Plans are currently underway to build 50 more cyclone-resistant houses throughout the country to assist those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The new cyclone-resistant homes will be established across the Fiji Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) branches in the North, West, and Central divisions. 83-year-old Samuela Naborokia of […]

Plans are currently underway to build 50 more cyclone-resistant houses throughout the country to assist those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

83-year old Samuela Naborokia during the handing-over ceremony. (EU)
83-year old Samuela Naborokia during the handing-over ceremony. (EU)

The new cyclone-resistant homes will be established across the Fiji Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) branches in the North, West, and Central divisions.

83-year-old Samuela Naborokia of Naboutolu Village in Ra thanked the EU for assisting him with the provision of the first cyclone-resistant home.

IFRC Shelter Delegate Colin Price said the construction of these demonstration houses will be spread across the ten most affected Red Cross branches in Fiji.

PRICE: “They will be used as a training ground and the means of communicating Build Back Safer awareness sessions to 5,000 households. This training and demonstration phase will also open the way for 120 trainee carpenters to repair 2,000 damaged houses. Basic construction skills covered by the two-week programme include carpentry, masonry and plumbing for housing and safe sanitation.”

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European Union Ambassador Andrew Jacobs with Samuela Naborokia and villagers in front of his new home. (EU)

This initiative is funded by the European Union’s humanitarian aid budget and implemented by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) under the one-year ”Early Recovery Assistance to Families affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston” initiative.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, European Union Ambassador Andrew Jacobs emphasised that reconstruction efforts enabled other villagers to rebuild their homes to be safer and stronger using quality materials.

JACOBS: “The European Union is proud to partner with the Red Cross movement in this initiative, designed to make Fijians more resilient to natural hazards.The EU’s support in other areas such as water and sanitation, rural electrification, fruits, vegetables and sapling distribution, which have been undertaken since tropical cyclone Winston struck.”

Mr Jacobs said efforts to reconstruct shelters complemented the EU’s support in other areas such as water and sanitation, rural electrification, fruits, vegetables and sapling distribution, which have been undertaken since Tropical Cyclone Winston had struck.

The initiative is in line with the Fijian Government’s “Build Back Better” scheme and the house is one of a series of core shelters being built around the country in the worst hit villages.