October 13 marks the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. The day raises global awareness about effective actions, policies and practices that help communities prepare for, and reduce the impact of disasters. Megan Krolik, Habitat for Humanity Australia’s Regional Program Manager for Asia Pacific and Emergencies, shares the impact such disaster risk reduction activities are […]
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In Fiji, Habitat for Humanity is working in a remote community, Tavuya in the Province of Rewa.
One year ago, severe Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji causing massive devastation. Winston was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the country and the South Pacific Basin in recorded history, flattening entire communities.
In November, the Abbotsleigh School sent a volunteer team of 16 (2 teachers and 14 students) to Fiji. The students worked side by side Vasenai and her family to help them build a safe and decent home that can also withstand disaster.
It has been six months since Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on 20 February, 2016. This category 5 cyclone was the worst disaster to hit the country in recorded history and left more than 31,000 houses damaged or destroyed across Fiji.
While waiting for five hours in the dark under a tree with her four grandchildren and son at the peak of the storm and floods, 60-year-old Veniana’s only concern during Cyclone Winston was her family.
Almost two months on from Cyclone Winston, Habitat for Humanity has distributed over 1,300 shelter repair kits and will be expanding programming to help more disaster affected families in Fiji.
It was all smiles on Makareta’s face when she received the shelter repair kit from Habitat for Humanity on Thursday last week. Her kitchen was completely blown away when Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on 20 February and this shelter repair kit will assist to fix her kitchen.
Habitat for Humanity’s Regional Program Manager, Luke Millar spoke with ABC South West Victoria radio today about the shelter need in Fiji and how Habitat are addressing the issue.