Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on Feb 20 at record speed, with winds of up to 330 kilometers per hour. The latest United Nations situation report identifies 120,000 people in urgent need of shelter, as almost 90% of structures are destroyed in the areas that were most affect. Source: ABC News
“This is a truly nationwide disaster for Fiji” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr. Karen Allen. “It is now clear that a staggering 40 per cent of Fiji’s children are very much at risk. The immediate and long-term implications for their health, safety, education and development are colossal.” Source: UNICEF
Tifie and Barebones Living have quickly responded. With our partner Direct Relief, we are sending 85 Barebones tent that will be used as emergency medical clinics and schools. In addition, Aquaramira has donated a water filtration systems and Discobed has donated cots and bunks for the medical tents.
Join us in providing safe shelter for the people most affected in Fiji. Every dollar goes directly to this project.
$1250 provides a safe and warm shelter for a family or community
$2000 gives a community a medical shelter with power, lights and beds.
Safe Shelter Identifiers:
- Survivor-Led: These shelters rely on the motivation of the user to set up the tent and take full ownership of the possibilities of what the tent can be come – a home, a small business, a health clinic, a school, etc… “The primary resource in the provision of post-disaster shelter is the grass-roots motivation of survivors, their friends and families. Assisting groups can help, but they must avoid duplicating anything best undertaken by survivors themselves”.
- Quality and Design: Long-term quality of product that is more realistic for humanitarian aid. The life span of the product we send is test for 5-7 years in extreme weather conditions. Products are designed for humanitarian purpose and environment.
- Shelter vs Tent: Safe shelters empowers displaced people, health care workers and families to thrive with a solution that feels more like a home instead of a temporary tent. Typically, tents in disaster relief efforts are small, shoddy, poorly designed and last 6-12 months.
- Multi-Purpose: Shelters can be used as schools, personal shelters, health clinics, birthing tents, health wards, or storage. The solar system empowers the user to provide light and electricity for a variety of community needs.
- Opportunity: The quality and features of the tents and solar power are conducive to the long work of rebuilding and create a foundation for empowerment with job creation opportunities.
- Sustainability: The Safe Shelter program does no damage to the environment, and uses solar.