NGOs team up

Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji and Aspire Network have teamed up to organise a national appeal for those affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

FENC Fiji national director Mere Tikoduadua-Fonmoa said both organisations were urging people to give as those affected around Fiji were in need of the most basic resources.

“It does not take much to help others in need,” Mrs Fonmoa said.

“Tropical Cyclone Winston came down hard on our brothers and sisters and in joining hands we can help in the rebuilding of the lives of those who lost almost everything.

“We are one with the families who have lost loved ones.”

Mrs Fonmoa said Tavua, Ba and Rakiraki were priority areas that required urgent assistance.

“We have just returned from the safety and protection cluster meeting chaired by Dr Josefa Koroivueta where we were given updates on the evacuation centres. There are 13 evacuation centres in Ba, nine in Tavua and 76 in Ra so depending on the volume of items donated, we will then specify which area they will be distributed to.

“We plan to co-ordinate to drop them off with the NDMO, the Commissioner Western and perhaps even with the district officers.”

She added that bottled water, tarpaulins, mattresses, milk and tinned foods were some of the items needed.

“Bathing and washing soap, mosquito coils, toothpaste, toothbrushes, blankets and bedsheets, pillows, new or old clothes, towels, socks, school exercise books and school bags will also be collected.

“The support has been immense and we have even received interest and support from overseas, which will arrive in two weeks.”

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