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Food for Life Fiji – responds to Cyclone Evan


After Cyclone Evan pounded the Fiji Islands in December 2012, causing widespread destruction to villages, informal settlements and small island communities, the Food for Life Fiji – Nation Building Education and Community Development program has been offering aid assistance. The charity has focused its efforts on the islands of Yadua, Yaqaqa, Tavea and Galoa, located South West of Vanua Levu, within the administrative province of Bua. From the very beginning, response teams were set up in Lautoka to distribute hot meals to the victims, as well as in the North led by Mr. Yadram and his family from Dreketi (Macuata). The group distributed hot meals to the villagers and neighbouring island villages totalling up to 360 meals per day. On the 10th January, Food for Life Fiji’s National Coordinator, Dr Rajesh Maharaj visited the team in Galoa, taking with him more food supplies including bags of rice, dhal, potatoes, cooking oil and beans that had been donated by business owners in Suva. The organisation was also able to distribute vegetables seedlings, such as Chinese cabbage, okra, watermelon, eggplants, beans and medical supplies. These food supplies are expected to last until the end of January. However, the donated vegetables seeds, which the organisation had helped the villagers to plant should provide for the families until well into March. On the 17th January, the non profit received $1000 worth of vegetable seeds from the ABC foundation, as well 40 school bags from the Shastriji Laxmi Narayan society. As many families prepare for the beginning of the new school term, the children of Galoa are scraping together whatever is left of their past years school books and stationeries that survived the Cyclone. Some children have nothing at all to begin school, as their homes and belongings were completely destroyed by Cyclone Evan. In […]