Children of Fiji

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†††††††††† April 2016  Issue 38

 

 

Winstonís Wrath

An indication of some of the damage caused by TC Winston in the Baba Settlement on Ovalau

 

Bridge that Gap

 

 

 

 

On†† February 20th 2016Fijiwas struckby the worst cyclone ever recorded in the southern hemisphere (and the second worst ever in the world). Tropical Cyclone Winston (category 5) destroyed thousands of homes and in some cases flattened whole villages. The most severely affectedareas were parts of the Lau Group, the southern side of the island of Taveuni, the whole of Ovalau and Koro and the northern coast of the main island, Viti Levu.

As we were there at the time, wewere abletorespondquickly and decidedto concentrate our help on the island of Ovalau. We provided tarpaulins,mosquitonetsandwater purificationsystemstogive immediate relief. Then we supplied seeds to communities whose crops had been completely wiped out.

It will take a very long time, probably years, to get things back to any semblance of normality and to get services restored.

 

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We are delighted to report that construction of the bridge over the Korotari River has finally begun. Progress has been interrupted by severe weather and the plans had to be modified in the light of the new records set by TC Winston. However, as we head out of the cyclone season, we are confident that things will soon be taking shape.

 

 

School Visits

We made a return visit to the John Wesley Schools in Suva and were able to supply new desks for one of the primary classrooms and a set of rugby shirts (donated by the Dorchester†† Rugby†† Club in Dorset) for the secondary students at the Sports Academy.

 

 

 

Shoe Shine

 

 

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Formanychildrenin Fiji the journey to school can be long and difficult.Some ofthe students attending Veisaru Primary School have to walk long distances over rough ground and parents often find it impossible to afford shoes. The children regularly have cutson their feetand, inthe tropical climateof†† Fiji†† thesequickly become infected and cause great distress.

Wecalledattheschool and identified the children who needed shoes. We then asked the children to stand on a piece of paper and we drew round one of their feet. As they didn't own shoes, they didnít know their size! We then took the papersto a local shoe shop and selected the shoes that matched our templates.

We†† had†† greatfunwhenwe returnedwith the schools and shared out the shoes!

 

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New Shoes!

 

One of the children at her new desk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

To make a donation towards our Winston Cyclone Relief Fund, please go online to www.childrenoffiji.co.uk for payment options or send a cheque

(made payable to Children of Fiji) to 1 South Drive, Cattistock, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0JG United Kingdom