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VSA's Fiji volunteers safe and well after Cyclone Winston

Published on 23rd February 2016

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is pleased to confirm its four Fiji-based volunteers are safe and well.

VSA International Programme Manager Junior Ulu said, “We would like to thank our volunteers in Fiji. We are thinking of them, and of the people of Fiji after the loss they have experienced, and the long recovery they now face following Cyclone Winston.”

VSA’s volunteers are based in Suva working with our partner UN Women. VSA and UN Women were in constant contact with our volunteers before the cyclone, to ensure they were in safe accommodation with extra supplies.

Our volunteers will continue their work with UN Women to contribute to the recovery.

Junior added, “UN Women’s support of our volunteers has been excellent, and we’re grateful for their help.”

VSA CEO Gill Greer said “We know that while the immediate need for support in Fiji is great, recovery is a long journey. We are committed to working with UN Women and other organisations in Fiji in the long-term, as in the past, to support renewed, resilient communities.”


Fiji Thoughts


  • Kalena Jordan on 26th February

    Hello James - Thank you for getting in touch. Your offer of support is very much appreciated. At this stage, the best help you can provide is via donations. VSA has volunteers in Fiji working with our partner UN Women. We know from experience that the effects of natural disasters like Cyclone Winston are long-lasting, and we are committed to continuing to support the people of Fiji long-term. A donation to VSA via http://www.vsa.org.nz/what-you-can-do/support-our-work/donate-to-vsa/ will go towards supporting our volunteers throughout the Pacific working on projects to reduce the impact of disasters on communities. These projects can include education, improved infrastructure, and programmes that secure communities’ food and water supplies. These assignments help build more resilient communities, and we can ensure your donation goes to support this work. If you wish to contribute towards immediate disaster relief, MFAT’s website has good resources – follow the link here: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/media-and-resources/news/tropical-cyclone-winston-how-you-can-help-fiji/. Thank you again for your kind offer of help. Kalena (Online Comms Officer)

  • James Kerr on 25th February

    Hi my name is James Kerr 32 years of age and live in Queensland. I need to know how I can help the people of Fiji. My partner and I have already donated a large sum of money. But I feel like there should be more that i could be doing to help them. I want to be on the Island helping them rebuild their lives. I am feeling very flatten in what has happened and I really need to contribute somehow. Please let me know what I can do to help. I will do anything to assist these wonderful people. It really makes me sad that I am sittings here and all I'm thinking about is the children, families and the Fiji community. I hope to hear from you soon. Kind Regards James Kerr

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