As most of you are aware Anglican Missions recently launched an Emergency Appeal in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston. TC Winston hit in February and was the strongest cyclone to ever impact the Southern Hemisphere. The devastation caused was very severe. Forty-four lives were lost and the death toll could have been greater. The estimated cost of rebuilding is a billion dollars. Some have started rebuilding, salvaging damage, and showing the mark of God given courage and resilience.
Anglican Missions have produced a disaster response plan in partnership with the Diocese of Polynesia. We are currently focussed on stage one of the plan which is the support of the people of Maniava. Maniava is a Koro (village). This koro is situated in Ra, on the eastern side of the main island of Fiji. One hundred and thirty eight people in Maniava have lost their homes, among these are children and young people.
The main income in Maniava comes from the land. People have planted yagona (kava) together with food crops to sell mostly in the market in Rakiraki. Most of these crops have now been destroyed. In the last twenty years, the people were able to live from their own subsistence farming and were able to build thirty-seven homes from their own resources and shared labour. Four houses were built by the Government and these are the only houses left standing. With little support from outside, Maniava had been built on the noble foundation of working together and endeavouring to be self-supporting.
The TC Winston Care Committee created by the Diocese of Polynesia, which comprises senior members of staff, recognises the situation of Maniava as a priority for these main reasons:
1. The majority of the houses in Maniava together with belongings and crops have been destroyed.
2. The people of the koro have a healthy aim to be self-supporting. This spirit needs to be recognized and assisted.
3. The people are mostly Anglicans away from a main centre and we as Anglicans have a particular responsibility for their well-being.
4. By helping the people of Maniava to stand on their own feet, they can be strengthened to help their neighbouring villages also in need.
Our plan is to assist this village by funding the rebuild of the homes that have been destroyed. We are reaching out to the Church of New Zealand to offer the chance to support a family in Maniava. The estimated cost of repairing each home is $7,000. Thirty-three houses need to be rebuilt to house the 138 people of Maniava who have lost their homes.
If you or your parish are willing to support this project and would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the office in Wellington 04 473 5172. Your continued prayers for the people of the Diocese of Polynesia are very much appreciated throughout this time.
We thank you for your support.
Donations can continue to be made to AMB’s Emergency Appeal.
Please see the links below:
Articles about Fiji and in particular Maniava in the recent Taonga magazine:
Disaster Response Plan: