Following the devastating tropical cyclone which severely hit the country, the State of Israel is assisting Fiji rebuild the remote village of Vuma on the island of Ovalau.
Fiji took a direct hit by Tropical Cyclone Winston at the end of February, the strongest tropical cyclone ever to strike the island nation. The storm inflicted extensive damage on many islands and killed 44 people. Nearly 55,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and approximately 350,000 people, roughly 40 percent of Fiji’s population, were significantly impacted by the storm.
Following a request made by the Israeli Embassy in Australia, MASHAV granted the necessary funds to commence a joint effort to rebuild the remote village of Vuma on the island of Ovalau. The Embassy of Israel in Australia is coordinating the project working in conjunction with Israeli NGO IsraAID and volunteers from Island Breeze Rugby Plus.
The aim is to contribute to the reconstruction of the village by providing much needed shelter, emergency relief, water, sanitation, and hygiene. The project also includes providing psycho-social support to the survivors, taking a holistic approach to the rebuilding process.
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