Thursday 19 April 2012
ShelterBox brings smiles to flooded FijiSaule and Usenia and their children outside their new home with SRT member Sally Fletcher (NZ), April 2012.
Flooded roads and the hot tropical weather have not stopped the Response Team in Fiji from distributing ShelterBoxes to the most vulnerable families in the most remote villages.
Saule and Usenia Qialevu and their three children had their home destroyed by the recent flooding in the village of Matavouvou near the city of Nadi. They are now living in a ShelterBox tent close to their house so they have somewhere to live as they begin to reconstruct their home.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Lyndon Tamblyn (NZ) has been distributing the aid in the South Pacific island with help from local Rotarians:
The remains of Saule and Usenia's home after the floods, April 2012.
'Saule and Usenia were one of many families whose homes were utterly devastated by the heavy downpours. They were very thankful towards ShelterBox and Rotary when we gave them a box. Usenia was humbled by the tent and the contents of the ShelterBox that will really make a difference to them as a family.'
'The ability to give this truly deserving family dignity, hope and essential items is a real privilege,' said SRT member Sally Fletcher (NZ).
Etatoki village in western Fiji was also hit by the flooding, where some areas of land subsided into a nearby river destroying several families' homes. The displaced families each received the gift of a ShelterBox, which were set up together on a family plot.
Families from Etatoki village at the camp they set up with their ShelterBoxes, April 2012.
ShelterBox has brought these Fijian families new homes allowing them to start to rebuild their lives again whilst living in comfort and dignity.
Further boxes have been prepositioned in Fiji that will enable ShelterBox to respond rapidly if disasters strike there in the future.