Posts Tagged ‘Cyclone Winston’

Fiji marks cyclone Winston anniversary with national prayer service

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

A multi-faith national service was be held on Monday to mark the first anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The service was held at Albert Park Pavilion in Suva. Employers had been asked to let as many workers as possible attend the ceremony which was led by the president Jioji Konrote. Representatives of some of the Read more

5000 Fijian students still going to school in tents

Friday, July 8th, 2016

A total of 4484 students are still studying under tents in schools in Fiji as a result of  tropical cyclone Winston. This was clarified in Parliament by Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy, who said Opposition MP Salote Radrodro incorrectly informed the House that more than 85,000 students were studying under tents. “This is far from Read more

Catholics help Habitat for Humanity to distribute shelter kits

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Habit for Humanity has been assisted by the Catholic diocese of Suva and the Adventist relief agency to distribute emergency shelter-kits. Habitat for Humanity Fiji has provided more than 1000 families with emergency shelter-kits in the Northern Division. The non-profit organisation served 500 families in the Province of Bua last month reaching out to Wainunu, Read more

Fiji a secular state – will not rebuild churches

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The Fiji Government will not spend its money  to rebuild churches that have been destroyed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told Parliament that Fiji was a secular state and the Government would not give priority to one faith over another. He was responding to a question asked by Opposition MP Mosese Read more

Working as one to restore Taveuni after Winston

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A group of people, headed by Nakia Resort owner Robin Kelly and her daughter Julie, have been involved in restoring homes and delivering much-needed food rations and relief supplies to communities on the island of Taveuni that have been affected by cyclone Winston. Julie and her team have raised $102,000 with over $44,000 to food Read more

Pacific churches call for condition-free relief funding

Friday, April 8th, 2016

The Pacific Conference of Churches has asked governments and donors not to attach conditions to relief efforts in the region. The call came as Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Minister for Political Affairs, Law and Security visited Fiji. Luhut Binsar Padjaitan was reportedly delivering Fiji an assistance package worth up to US$5 million, plus a contingent of engineers, Read more

Combined Fiji church event at Easter after cyclone

Friday, April 1st, 2016

The Catholic archbishop of Suva was among the church leaders who attended a combined Easter Sunday event at a Suva park. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong was one of the leaders at the event at Ratu Sukuna Park titled “Rise with Christ: A Vision of Hope for the Future”. Among the other church leaders present were Read more

Pope prays for Fiji after cyclone Winston

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Pope Francis has prayed for those who lost their lives and livelihoods in Fiji after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. “I also wish to assure my closeness to the peoples of the Fiji Islands, harshly lashed by a devastating cyclone,” the Pope said last week after praying the midday Angelus with those in St. Peter’s Square. Read more

NZ Marist Fathers launch donations drive for Fiji

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The Marist Fathers in New Zealand are accepting donations to alleviate people’s suffering and aid the re-establishment of their lives in Fiji. New Zealand Marist Mission promoter, Fr Tim Duckworth, SM, confirmed the move on Tuesday evening. “The people of Fiji are resilient, but in many cases will have to start again from the foundations,” Fr Read more

Marist missions hard hit by Fiji cyclone

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Several Marist missions in Fiji were severely affected by Cyclone Winston, according to a report by Fr Pio Fong Waqavotuwale, SM. At the Tutu Rural Training Centre in Taveuni, 22 buildings were either completely or partially destroyed. These were staff houses, dormitories, workshops, hall and kitchens. Tens of thousands of kava and dalo plants, many belonging Read more