After Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu in March 2015 and Cyclone Winston in Fiji in February 2016, Habitat for Humanity has been working in the Pacific to help communities rebuild.
The destruction of Cyclone Pam left Vanuatu in a critical situation. An estimated 15,000 houses were destroyed and 75,000 people were in need of shelter assistance.
Habitat was quick to respond following the storm. After providing immediate assistance by distributing shelter repairs kits, we began working with community members to build disaster resilient shelters for the long term.
Our program partners include ADRA Vanuatu, Arup, SMEC Foundation, Bartercard Foundation, KOICA and Al Waleed Foundation.
Our work in Vanuatu is ongoing and this year we started a new Disaster Resilience project which will work with community members to identify and raise awareness of vulnerabilities they faces related to disaster. This includes providing construction training to build stronger homes, conducting disaster simulations and securing local water sources so they are cleaner and more accessible. This will help increase community resilience from potential cyclones, as well as the slow onset of other disasters such as drought.
Immediate disaster response
Long term focus
Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston – one of the largest category-five storms to hit the region – made landfall on the main island Viti Levu on February 2016, packing winds of up to 230 kilometres per hour, with gusts of up to 325 kilometres per hour.
Habitat Fiji has developed a 24-month response plan to Cyclone Winston, involving relief, early recovery and rehabilitation phases. Our response is focusing on low-income families in the affected urban/rural areas and informal settlements.
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.