We are calling on the Rotary Club Liaison team for an urgent appeal for Fiji in response to Cyclone Winston. Although this disaster has not had a large presence in our media, this storm has left people in desperate need.

ShelterBox International has launched a campaign to fundraise for 2000 ShelterBoxes for Fiji Ė And we are calling on you to help us!

Situation Updates:

         Cyclone Winston, the strongest storm to ever make landfall in the Southern Hemisphere, hit Fiji on February 20th

         The sheer force of the storm has destroyed up to 90% of structures in hardest hit areas

         An estimated 120,000 people are without shelter

         On some islands, 100% of structures were destroyed

         The Fijian government has requested international humanitarian assistance, specifically emergency shelter.

         For more news updates, click here

Our Response:

         ShelterBox and Sea Mercy, a charity using yachts to reach isolated areas, have partnered together to distribute aid equipment

         Prepositioned stock in Fiji, as well as New Zealand and Australia, has already been delivered to families on six remote islands, including Makogi

         More aid is on its way, including 2,000 solar lights that will provide light and safety to communities without power, that will arrive on Sunday

         The team on the ground has reported a need for complete ShelterBoxes as the storm surge has washed away nearly everything

About Accepting Donations:

We have a donate page specific to Fiji: www.shelterboxusa.org/fiji

*Donations made will be designated to our response in Fiji.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Cyclone Winston, the strongest storm to ever make landfall in the Southern Hemisphere, hit Fiji on February 20th. The sheer force of the storm has destroyed up to 90% of structures and left an estimated 120,000 people without shelter.

Thanks to pre-positioned aid in Fiji, as well as New Zealand and Australia, ShelterBox Response Teams have already been able to deliver tents and ShelterBoxes to families on six remote islands, including Makogi. More aid is on its way, including 2,000 solar lights that will provide light and safety to communities without power, but itís not enough. ShelterBox needs our help to send another 2,000 ShelterBoxes to reach these communities and give people comfort and safety.

ShelterBox is an official Project Partner of Rotary International. Logistical and fundraising support from Rotary Clubs across the country have directly helped to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of disaster victims around the world. Please donate at www.shelterboxusa.org/fiji. Every donation makes an impact!

On the island of Makogai, the villagers put on life jackets and sheltered in their homes as the winds gathered speed. As the houses began to tear apart, schoolteacher Sakaraia Balebuca and his family decided to hide underneath their raised brick floor. As Sakaraia moved to crawl under the house one of the walls broke and crashed into him. Without the life jacket he was wearing, Sakaraia would have been crushed. More people joined the family under the brick floor until more than 40 villagers, including children and mothers with infants, were all hiding together. When the ShelterBox Response Team arrived, they found the whole village sheltering in the only four buildings left standing.

Thanks to pre-positioned aid in Fiji, as well as New Zealand and Australia, ShelterBox Response Teams have already been able to deliver tents and ShelterBoxes to families on six remote islands, including Makogi. More aid is on its way, including 2,000 solar lights that will provide light and safety to communities without power, but itís not enough. ShelterBox needs your help to send another 2,000 ShelterBoxes to reach these communities and give people like Sakaraia comfort and safety. Please donate at www.shelterboxusa.org/fiji. Every donation makes an impact!

 

Cyclone Winston has left 120,000+ in Fiji without shelter. Help ShelterBox send 2000 ShelterBoxes to survivors- www.shelterboxusa.org/fiji

Thank you all for your support. When our team rallies together, we make big things happen!