Habitat for Humanity launches appeal to help victims of Fiji Cyclone


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Habitat for Humanity has launched an appeal today to help rebuild communities devastated by Cyclone Winston.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston – one of the largest category-five storms to hit the region – made landfall on the main island Viti Levu on Saturday, packing winds of up to 230 kilometres per hour, with gusts of up to 325 kilometres per hour.

Habitat for Humanity Fiji staff are now on the ground supporting damage assessments and planning disaster response efforts.

Reports tell of communities in the cyclone’s path being completely flattened, with severe or total damage to all homes.

Although the scale of the devastation in Fiji is starting to revealing itself, with communication lines to most rural areas still down, and power outages in most of the country, information is slowly filtering back from outlying areas.

Habitat for Humanity are currently in the field supporting damage assessments, coordinating with the local government and partners and are planning to respond with emergency shelter assistance to affected families.

“We are deeply concerned for the people of Fiji. An estimated 140,000 people currently live in substandard housing conditions in Fiji. When a cyclone like this occurs, these houses offer little protection and are often flattened,” Habitat for Humanity Australia’s Chief Executive, Martin Thomas said.”The need for safe shelter is critical.”

Based on funding availability, the longer-term response will follow Habitat’s model of assisting affected communities with housing solutions ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.

Habitat for Humanity has been working in Fiji for 25 years. In this time, Habitat has helped over 4,900 families build homes and hope through partnerships with governments, bilateral and non-profit organisations and international volunteers.

Habitat’s work also goes beyond the construction of homes. Habitat for Humanity Fiji works on a range of projects throughout the country including disaster prevention and recovery, water and sanitation, and disabled access housing projects.

“In disasters like this, there is a critical need of fresh water, food and basic hygiene kits. There is also a need for tools and materials to enable people to start repairs or build basic short-term shelters.”

Habitat for Humanity has worldwide experience responding to disasters, including most recently Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and the Nepal earthquakes.

To donate to Habitat for Humanity Australia’s Fiji Disaster appeal please click below:

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14 thoughts on “Habitat for Humanity launches appeal to help victims of Fiji Cyclone”

  1. Love what you do.
    Am hoping to get shoe boxes of love together with basic hygiene stuffs hand sanitiser, toothbrushes soap etc.
    Please contact me on 0417817890 so that I can ensure the best and most appropriate items are collected to send to Fiji.
    Infinite love and gratitude
    Karen

    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks so much for your comment and for wanting to help those in need. At Habitat, we do urge donors to make cash rather than in-kind donations. We are still assessing the situation ourselves to see how we can best assist families in need, although in any case this will take the form of emergency shelter assistance. We encourage cash donations as it ensure that those affected by crises receive the support they need, in a culturally and contextually appropriate way, and supports healthy recovery of local markets.

      Many thanks,
      The Habitat team

  2. Hi,
    Is there any way we can support Fiji?
    Do you need clothes?
    Do you need boxes to pack things into?
    Do you need food items?

    Rgds
    Anthony

    1. Hi Anthony,
      Thanks for your comment and your kind offer. We urge donors to make cash rather than in-kind donations. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept or distribute goods donated by the public to communities affected by disasters. As part of our disaster recovery work, relief items are purchased locally or as close to the area as possible. For maximum speed and flexibility, and to ensure we supply the most needed aid materials, donating money is the best way to help people affected by an emergency. This also ensure that those affected by crises receive the support they need, in a culturally and contextually appropriate way, and supports healthy recovery of local markets.

      Many Thanks
      The Habitat Team

  3. Millbrook Finance Pty Ltd contributed $1,050.00 ($50.00 Fees) to the Emergency Appeal help rebuild lives in Fiji yesterday, payment method via American Express.

    As yet no electronic tax receipt has been received.

    Please email electronic tax receipt to:-

    lindab@millbrookfinance.com

    1. Hi Linda,
      Thank you so much for your generous donation. Apologies for the mix up with your receipt. It appears to have bounced back. We will be resending it to you shortly.

      Best,
      The Habitat team

  4. Hi my name is Sam and I would love to go over and help build back the community in Fiji I have over 10 years experience in building do you know how or who I could talk to about getting involved?

    1. Hi Sam,
      Thank you for your interest and wanting to give back! At this time, Habitat is not offering volunteer opportunities in disaster affected areas of Fiji. However, we do have upcoming builds to Fiji and volunteers may be possibly needed for future reconstruction efforts. If you’d like to register your interest in assisting in possible future rebuilding efforts, please send an email global.village@habitat.org.au and we’ll keep you update on how you can get involved.

      Many thanks,
      The Habitat team

  5. how do i know that all of my money will go to this appeal as we hear of so many stories that a lot of money is wasted on admin i want to make sure before i donate my hard earned money.

    1. Hi Dolores,
      Thank you for your question.

      For emergency appeals, such as Cyclone Winston for Fiji, for every dollar raised 15% goes towards essential administration in Australia and the other 85% will be programmed and directly assist our efforts.

      Currently we are assessing damage in the north of the main island and the good news is the Habitat built homes have all survived the cyclone and only need minor repairs. Habitat for Humanity is planning to support 5000 families affected by the disaster with emergency shelter assistance. Funds raised for our emergency appeal will contribute towards the purchase and distribution of post disaster construction materials and community tool kits for the repairs of homes in hard hit areas.

      Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

      Kind Regards

      Veronica

  6. We supply the AU industry with roofing screws which are used to fix down metal sheets of roofing to industrial and residential roofs. If there is a shipping point where I could donate such items let me know and I happy to assist. We currently work with H4H in the U.S and do a similar program which is a combination of cash and gift in kind and would like to know if something can be done to assist?

    1. Hi Robert,
      Thank you for your comment and for your generous offer. I have passed your details and comment onto my colleagues to see if this is something we could use in our recovery efforts. They will be in touch.

      Many thanks,
      The Habitat team

  7. I’m taking a group of 20 ladies to Fiji in June for a golfing trip. I’ve been in contact with people I know over there and they said they desperately need school supplies etc. I was going to organise a drive to gather school related items, books etc from our golf club and maybe clothes. Do you know of a way we can send them over to Fiji? We leave on 13th June from Sydney.
    Regards, Alison

    1. Hi Alison,
      Thank you for your comments and your generosity. Unfortunately we don’t have the means to transport goods as we try to work with local manufacturers. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help!

      Best of luck with your drive.

      The Habitat team

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