Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji in February of 2016. Sea Mercy was immediately ready to respond and was tasked by the government with Disaster Response and Recovery for the remote islands in the Lau Group. The information in this blog will keep you up-to-date on our actions and their impact on the communities we are helping. Your continued support will be essential during the long-term recovery process so we will also list current donation and volunteer opportunities here. Thank you!!
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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Article in "The Saturday Paper" (Australia) Spotlights Sea Mercy's Work in Fiji
As another tropical cyclone makes Fiji’s recovery even more difficult, yachties are working with the Fijian government to get aid where other vessels can’t.
Sea Mercy volunteers deliver shelter kits to Fiji’s outer islands.
Wendy and Ian Shields were moored in the mangroves at Port Denarau when cyclone Winston smashed into Fiji on February 20. The category 5 storm hurtled through the Nadi marina just after midnight – after flattening many of the outlying islands during the day.
“The wind was screaming through the rigging,” Wendy tells The Saturday Paper from Savusavu on their yacht, Outsider.
The most brutal cyclone to make landfall in Fiji battered the island with hurricane-force winds, destroying almost 55,000 homes and killing 44 people.
The next day, yachties such as Wendy and Ian were asking what they could do to help. “There were a couple of us on yachts that said, ‘Gee, Fiji must be a mess. I wonder what we can do?’ ”