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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Makogai School Rebuilding is Finished!
After 4 months, thousands of volunteer hours, and visits from
over 20 Sea Mercy volunteer vessels, today (August 31, 2016) is the official
"Hand Over" ceremony of the school to the people living on Makogai.
From where the school started (nothing) to where it is today is a testimony to
the people directing this rebuilding effort.
Our deepest appreciation to the Project Leaders, Ian & Wendy
Shields (S/V Outsider) and the many volunteers and
sailors who gave of their time, talents and hearts to make this rebuilding a
A heartfelt thank you goes to Geoff
Deutschmann (Captain of the Sea Mercy Landing Craft) for the hundreds of miles
and hours he spent delivering the materials to Makogai.
To Tracey Collins (Operations)
and her countless hours organizing the warehouse, volunteers, aid shipments and
the purchasing and delivery logistics following Cyclone Winston.
And last, but not least, to the
many sponsors and partners who without your assistance and support, this school
would still just be a dream for the parents and children living on Makogai.
You are all Sea Mercy heroes and
we are so grateful for all that you have done to help the people of Fiji.
Have a wonderful Hand Over
Ceremony today and give our love to the people of Makogai that have become a
part of the Sea Mercy family!