PLANNING, PREPARING, RESPONDING TO FIJI CRISIS
Bula Vinaka Everyone!
Sorry for not updating recently. It’s been an incredibly intense time, planning logistics and responding in Fiji. It really is all hands on deck at the moment and I know the team have barely slept since last weekend – both those involved in looking after our current volunteers and projects, and concurrently those staff members implementing the aid effort of our charity.
We are overwhelmed by the emails, the calls and the Facebook messages and of course your kind donations as we work to support communities who have literally lost everything.
Apologies if you have sent an email or message to us, and you have not had a response…
We sincerely appreciate every message! But please ask to bare with us as we are just trying to direct all our attention to Fiji at this critical time as we gather supplies, organise boats and logistics, try to contact loved ones in communities and get help to more rural areas ASAP.
The kindness of our past volunteers is astounding, as they rally to offer every ounce of support they can to their Fijian friends and families! We would please ask to continue to spread the word as so little is mentioned in the news in the UK especially, and to continue to share our just giving link as we strive to hit our target. We know we are, and shall continue to make a difference.
We’ll be updating with more detailed information soon, but just to briefly explain the past 24 hours and our aims ahead:
- HARRY – Attended the NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MEETING in Suva yesterday. Over 50 representatives from Fijian NGO’s met, led by the Red Cross. A joint response to the crises was discussed and planned by all invited. This is to ensure that all organisations, whatever there size work in collaboration, communicate with each other and ensure aid efforts are separated.
- BASIC RESOURCES – We are getting hundreds of aid packages together so we can continue to deliver clothes, food, water purification and health supplies to more remote locations. We are also sourcing large quantities of basic building tools, to enable communities to start basic re-builds of houses, as many have literally no shelter but the jungle or families are crammed into community centres.
- DANNY AND FRANKS – Danny and Frankie met with UNICEF,to discuss their plans and aims in the coming days. We have offered to support our friends at this remarkable organisation with any initiative to help Fijian Children, especially with temporary education projects in rural areas, which are being planned.
- LULU – We’re sorry to say that Lulu’s reports from Ra are pretty bad. He made it as far a Vatukacevaceva village where he slept in shelters. The area, including RakiRaki is devastated although the positive news is that we have no confirmed reports of loss of life in villages where we have been based. This includes Nailuva where our January 1 month team were just a couple of weeks ago (although some houses have been destroyed here).
- LOMAIVITI & RA FOCUS – In the Disaster Management Meeting we have specifically asked to focus on helping communities in the Lomaiviti and Ra Province, where we have such a strong connection to the area and where we are able to help our friends and families who have been so kind to us, and who now need desperate help. Lulu, Danny and Frankie shall be leading this response. We are a small team, but we do have vital knowledge to bring of this remote area having lived hear for so many years. We feel we are able to reach out to the smallest communities, and our fear is, that it could be these communities, which are left behind in such a national scale catastrophe.
Updates, photos and info coming very soon.
And some even bigger initiatives to announce also…
TP team x