Cyclone Winston Rebuilding
Specialty Placement | Volunteer Center shared rooms
Weekly until October 2016
On February 21, 2016 the largest cyclone ever recorded in the southern hemisphere tore through the Fijian islands, straight over the main island of Viti Levu with 650,000 population.
Cyclone Winston, with wind gusts of 325kmh and waves up to 12m high left scenes of destruction with peoples homes and livelihoods devastated in the wake of the storm.
The cyclone has caused widespread flash flooding and power outages, including in the country’s capital of Suva. Entire outer island communities with weaker infrastructure have been completely destroyed and vulnerable to food and water scarcity and disease.
• Power won’t be fully restored until August 2016
• The state of emergency ends 20MAR, however it’s expected to be extended for another 1-2 months for some regions
• There is a severe lack of timber and seeds at the moment due to the agricultural damage caused by Winston
• Homes and businesses won’t be touched for many weeks through the North Central regions
• The maritime Islands will take an extremely long time to assess as it’s costing $20,000FJ per 3-4 day trip out there to assess them – some of these areas are catastrophically damaged compared to Viti Levu (main island)
• Sugar and Rice farming have also significantly suffered
You’ll be working in Suva as well as coastal townships on the island of Ovalau (off the cost of Suva) which are some of the hardest hit regions in Fiji. Some towns have been completely destroyed. We’re talking not a single house spared from disaster. The needs are so many at this time it’s difficult to put into words. Here you are able to make a real difference regardless of your age, experience or background.
The following is a list of volunteer projects available
- Emergency Assistance & Aid Materials
We’ll have you placed within government and privately affiliated disaster recovery agencies equipped to deal with the devastated communities providing emergency aid, clean-up services, medical care and support. Work along side local specialist aid agencies. We also request all incoming volunteers to carry whatever possible aid and relief material they are able to in the form of water, food, clothing, first aid, medicine, and much more.
- Clean-up & Rebuilding
Work along side local tradesman and help rebuild homes and damaged community buildings. No specialist skills required, however tradespeople of all types (carpentry, plumbing, building, laborers, electricians etc) are in high demand. Several thousand people are homeless and there is also immense damage to public buildings, churches and homes. We need volunteers to help with rebuilding efforts, building makeshift accommodation and clearing of debris.
- Healthcare and Medical
There is a great need of medical volunteers in the form of doctors and nurses to administer basic first aid and treat people who have suffered trauma and injury. We also need medical volunteers to travel to rural areas and project locations to treat people in need.
- Childcare & Support
The children at the projects we work with and others around the island who have been through this terrible ordeal would have suffered a great deal of trauma and loss.
Accommodation will be in the form of shared bedrooms 3-6 persons at a dedicated volunteer house located on the outskirts of Suva and/or within a volunteer house located in a township on the island of Ovalau.
In Suva, the volunteer house is in close proximity to a basic supermarket, ATM, fresh fruit and vegetable stands, petrol station and bus stop. The house can accommodate 20 volunteers. The bathrooms are shared with western style toilets and hot showers. The accommodation is equipped with free Wi-Fi which volunteers are able to use. For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms in the volunteer house are available for an additional US$100 per week, subject to availability.
It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas upon arrival at the airport
- If you state ‘Volunteering’ as the main reason for your stay, a “14 day stay” will be stamped on your Passport. You’ll then need to apply for an extension and pay a fee. You’ll then need the following;
1. A supporting letter – our ground operators will provide.
2. A copy of return flight ticket- from the participant
3. 190 FJD extension fees- to be be paid by the participant.
- If you state ‘Holiday as the main purpose of your stay, you’ll be granted a 30 day visa at no cost.