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Recovering after Cyclone Winston

You delivered life-saving essentials to families affected by Fiji’s strongest cyclone on record. When Cyclone Winston swept through Fiji earlier this year, John and his family sheltered in a nearby hall as wild winds blew the roof off his house, tore through his neighbourhood and left hundreds of communities across the small island nation in ruins.

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In the eye of the storm

“It was terrible, one of a kind. I could say I’ve never experienced something so devastating. Broken glass [flying] and the sound of rushing wind, all this corrugated iron... it was just a mixture of feelings going through [my head]. It was like in a movie, in a horror movie.”

Fijian communities torn apart by Cyclone Winston will never forget the few hours it took for them to lose everything. The devastating storm that left 42 people dead and tens of thousands homeless was the strongest ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.

“When the hurricane hit we just saved what we could – clothes on our backs, and a little bit of food here and there and just ran off for safety”. Though his house was completely destroyed, John thanks God that he and his family escaped unharmed, and prays for those who weren’t as fortunate.

Acting fast to deliver food, water and shelter to families in need

In the hours after the cyclone struck, John and other families like his were in desperate need of emergency assistance. You responded fast and gave over $100,000 to provide relief to families living in some of the worst affected areas. 

Thanks to your generous gifts, Act for Peace’s partner on the ground, ADRA, was able to quickly deliver urgently need food, water and shelter, reaching over 1,000 vulnerable families in the weeks immediately following the disaster. The cyclone devastated crops and gardens, wiping out important food supplies for rural families; it also destroyed or damaged more than 30,000 houses. You helped emergency food rations reach those in most need, and deliver sanitation and hygiene kits to families who’d lost their home, enabling them to retain their health and dignity while they recovered from this horrific event.

For John, your support meant his family was able to stay safe and healthy after the storm. John knows that his community is strong and resilient, and though his house was completely destroyed, he’s optimistic that with the right materials and manpower, they can begin work on rebuilding what was lost.
 

More ways to take action

Help keep families at risk from landslides safe by providing training in disaster risk reduction in schools. Training helps children to identify risks and warning signs of landslides, and teaches them how to keep safe if one happens.

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (19-26 June 2016). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.

Right now, thousands of innocent people are fleeing Syria every day to protect their families from bloodshed, violence and death. We need your support to provide emergency relief packs to the families fleeing in Syria.