Don’t miss out on your opportunity to not only visit a beautiful and unique location but to also make a lasting impact. The Fiji Reconstruction Build will assist families in need to develop disaster resilient housing. Your time and skills will be utilised and you will also have the opportunity to work alongside the family that will be moving into this home. Working with a group of likeminded Australians, you’ll be amazed what you can achieve in one week when you work together in a team. As well as forming new friendships and lasting memories, you’ll give one family the gift of a new home and a brighter future.
In response to the increasingly violent weather effecting Fiji’s Islands over the last 4 years including Cyclone Evan and Cyclone Winston Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HFHF) and Habitat for Humanity Australia (HFHA) are working to get families back in to safe, disaster resilient homes.
Fiji’s project design is quite unique – after disasters hit Habitat was faced with the challenge of rehousing over 10,000 families with minimum resourcing and short times frames due to the risk of future weather systems. Habitat Fiji developed the T-Shelter model.
The T-Shelter is a basic one room shelter design which will provide affected families with fast access to a core safe and secure house that can withstand up to category 4 wind speeds. At the same time, the design also allows families to use their own resources to build around the core shelter as they rebuild their larger family homes. Basically the T-shelter design allows Habitat for Humaity the Ability to rehouse families into safe shelter as quickly as possible.
HFHF has successfully implemented the T-Shelter model in communities across Fiji, and all T-Shelters built by HFHF in the past are now occupied as permanent houses by families. These T-Shelters have been upgraded to permanent shelters over time by adding tin or timber walls, flooring and the extension of other rooms. At the height of TC Winston, a number of T-Shelters were used as storm shelters for several families. Only one HFH constructed house sustained damage – this was caused by a tree falling directly on the home.
Meet your team in Nadi and get to know each other over a welcome dinner
Discover the local sights with your team and meet the Habitat Fiji staff at a welcome to Fiji orientation session
Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety orientation for the first day of building
Full days of building with your teammates
Final day of building, hand over ceremony and dedication of the new home to your partner family
Depart for home or further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations
Click here for an information pack about the build that includes the project info, detailed itinerary, costs and stories from past volunteers – take some time to read about the build and see how you can help change the lives of families in need
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