TC Winston

Solar lanterns for affected communities

The Australian Government has delivered over 800 solar lanterns to communities affected by Cyclone Winston. The lanterns were distributed through the Australian Red Cross and are designed to meet the immediate needs of families for light in the aftermath of a disaster. Mr.  Asesela Takatiko, Head of the Village and President of the Red Cross […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

March 31, 2016 9:34 am

The Australian Government has delivered over 800 solar lanterns to communities affected by Cyclone Winston.

The lanterns were distributed through the Australian Red Cross and are designed to meet the immediate needs of families for light in the aftermath of a disaster.

Mr.  Asesela Takatiko, Head of the Village and President of the Red Cross in Nokonoko  said the solar lanterns are safe, simple and easy to use lights are of great benefit to the families in our village.

At night, families can cook, children can read and everyone can go safely outside to use the facilities.

Mr. Takatiko said with no other power source coming into the Nokonoko community, the solar lights have been a blessing and a great help for bringing normality back to the community.  His community has even suggested a simple design improvement for responding to future disasters in Fiji and elsewhere – adding a USB port to let people charge their mobile phones.

The solar lantern( Australian High Commission).
The solar lantern( Australian High Commission).

Fiji Red Cross National President Ms. Cathy Wong said the lanterns would be particularly useful for women in communities where the electricity is completely down.

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