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Asia Pacific Baptist Aid and the Convention for Fijian Baptist Churches continue to work together to respond to needs in areas affected by Cyclone Winston. APBaid has assigned a consultant to work closely with the leadership of the churches as they develop an effective medium and long term recovery strategy
Many church and community buildings were used for shelter during cyclone Winston and a temporary home and a place to be feed in the days following. Most people taking refuge in these shelters have moved to stay with friends and relatives if their own homes are still uninhabitable. Post trauma support, counselling and extra emotional support is available through the churches for those who need it and church groups are focusing on encouraging people to help each other.
A number of agencies are working together to channel aid and financial resources into Fijian lead recovery effort. The New Zealand Government has so far committed $3.2 million which has assisted with delivery of supplies and is directed toward repair of critical infrastructure.
Now that immediate needs are being significantly addressed, The Fijian Baptist Convention with APBaid are focusing on what is needed regarding follow up on assessments of affected areas. As funds become available they plan to direct resources toward repair and rebuild of homes and community buildings. Banzaid would like to encourage continued support for the Fijian Baptists and APBaid as they collaborate with other agencies working to rebuild communities across Fiji.