Dear all members, well wishers, generous donors and selfless volunteers,
As you are all aware the last 48 hrs has been one of the darkest moments for people around Fiji who faced the brunt of Cyclone Winston, one of the most destructive natural disasters ever to have hit Fiji and the most severe cyclone to hit the Southern Hemisphere. As Cyclone Winston passed over Fiji, it left an unprecedented trial of destruction and suffering (especially in the Western Viti Levu and smaller Islands), leaving hundreds of roofs, homes and building blown off and thousands of suffering families in desperate need of immediate assistance. There are over 8000 people currently sheltering in evacuation centers no knowing where their next meal will come from or what they would call their home after returning from there.
The Fiji Sevashram Sangha, as it has always done during previous natural calamities, is getting ready to reach out to these suffering families as soon as possible with immediate relief assistance and calls on your support and generosity to be able to help our brothers, sisters and children in this hour of need. The Sangha have relied on its selfless volunteers and donors to mobilise immediate help to the needy in the past, it again appeals to them to please come forward and help the Sangha help the thousands in need today. The damage and suffering is widespread, from Rakiraki to Lautoka, the affected are in tens of thousands and the suffering is extremely severe.
As part of its first phase of relief operations, the Sangha intends to, in the next few days, distribute cooked food to families in the evacuation centers and distribute grocery ration packs to families still in their house. It urgently needs helping hands of the volunteers and food supplies to start these massive relief operations. The communities at large are requested to drop in the extras they have at home (clothes, food and water) at the Suva and Lautoka Ashram for distribution.
This disaster and the suffering of the people this time around is on an gigantic, unprecedented and unimaginable scale, the community at large needs to put their hands, hearts and heads together to serve the needy. The Sangha is sincerely hopeful that its volunteers and well wishers will rise up again to respond to the emergency with the Sangha. Your fellow suffering countrymen is desperately in need of your help. This opportunity to serve humanity - 'service to Humanity is service to God'.
Contact: Lautoka Ashram 10 Nasoki Street Lautoka– 6640420//9967272/9927949 Suva Ashram: 6 Bau Street Suva – 3371625/8612492/9992743