On February 20th and 21st 2016 Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji’s islands. The storm was estimated to be the most severe cyclone to have ever hit the Pacific, affecting almost 350,000 people - a third of whom are children.
The cyclone has caused widespread damage to homes, schools, roads and water and sanitation systems across many parts of the country – making it difficult for children to access clean drinking water and return to safe schools. The Government of Fiji has stressed that children’s return to school is a top priority, helping them regain a sense of normalcy as soon as possible.
We are working alongside the Fiji Ministry of Education and other partner organisations to help get children back to school. Our response focuses on providing temporary learning spaces and materials, so that children can resume their education within a safe space. Clean water is essential for children, families and communities to recover from an emergency. We are providing water and sanitation supplies to schools, so that children can stay healthy and happy.