Fiji Scouts organise relief operations for flood victims
Following the devastation on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu brought about by Tropical Cyclone Keni on 10 April 2018, the Fiji Scout Association has launched a nationwide relief operation.
The Fiji Scout Association has tapped all its Messengers of Peace (MoP) district coordinators to simultaneously organise relief operations across the country to aid the residents who were devastated during the onslaught of tropical cyclone Keni. Responding to the call, Scouts all over Fiji gathered in their districts to provide aid to the residents and to the authorities – providing help in clearing out debris, assisting in the construction of temporary shelters and reconstruction efforts. They have also began sourcing out monetary donations, grocery packs, clothing, drinking water and other essential items.
As part of the reconstruction and relief efforts, the Fiji Scout Association has partnered with the United Fiji Community (UFC) in Sydney, Australia and the Yaadein Vision Fiji. Both groups are known in Fiji for their enormous contribution in helping less fortunate families, the medically challenged and the disabled. They have also been assisting rehabilitation efforts for communities who have been affected by natural disasters.
The UFC and the Yaadein Vision Fiji have been continuously providing logistical support required at the ground, including the distribution of household items and school stationery, while Scouts and Scout leaders are providing the needed human resources.
An appeal for monetary support has also been initiated by the National MoP Team thru the Scout Donation Platform. They intend to gather US $5,000.00 to finance their relief efforts. To date, they gathered a meagre amount of US $ 42.00. Monetary donations may be directed at https://bit.ly/2J0CjSZ.
Scouts and non-Scouts are actively helping in the relief and rehabilitation efforts on the ground.
Earlier in the week, Fiji’s disaster management authorities have been warning people in flood prone areas to move to evacuation centres ahead of cyclone Keni, since several parts of the country were already water-logged due to a prior flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Josie.
With reports from Mr. Kailash Pillay, NSO Coordinator of the Messengers of the Peace (MoP) Programme of the Fiji Scouts Association.