On the Front Lines Providing Emergency Relief
Unpredictable and severe weather events are part of Fijian life during the cyclone season. In the past decade however, cyclones have doubled in frequency and severity. The reality of facing more deadly storms makes our work to help communities prepare and respond to these natural disasters even more important.
In response to the cyclones Yasa and Ana in late 2020 and early 2021, the FIJI Water Foundation stepped up to help relieve the immediate needs of impacted communities. Critical donations of water, tarpaulins, food, and hygiene packs ensured that affected families received essential supplies to stay safe and healthy in the immediate aftermath of the disasters.
We also donated over FJ$125,000 to thePrime Minister's Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund to assist with the country's broader response to the impacts of Cyclone Yasa, the more devastating of the two; it was the second strongest cyclone on record in the region.
In 2016, Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone ever measured in the Southern Hemisphere made a direct hit with Fiji. Its path of destruction left tens of thousands homeless and thousands more without food, water, and other resources. In the storm’s immediate aftermath, the FIJI Water Foundation provided FJ$1.1 million in food, water, shelter, and emergency assistance to address the needs.
We’ve also supported Fiji’s long-term recovery by helping those affected in the Yaqara Valley rebuild stronger homes. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, we constructed cyclone-resistant housing for displaced employees. And to support the ongoing resiliency of communities, each year before cyclone season, the FIJI Water Foundation funds cyclone preparedness trainings in the Yaqara Valley and maintains emergency shelter supplies on the island ready to deploy to affected areas as needed.