“Currently poverty is rife across the islands,”
Bishop Henry Bull, Bishop of Vanua Levu
Our gift will support grocery packs for vulnerable families and contribute to the investment in tools, seeds and seedlings so that each parish can have a tool shed from which members can borrow what they need to re-establish their sources of income.
Our brothers and sisters in Fiji are part of the Diocese of Polynesia within our own province. We have a strong relationship with Bishop Henry Bull and many teams from our diocese have spent time in these communities which we are raising funds for.
“Currently poverty is rife across the islands,” says Bishop Henry Bull, Bishop of Vanua Levu and Taveuni Episcopal Unit in Fiji. Before COVID-19, most of his people are rural dwellers, reliant on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. Many of his people are widows or single mums trying to sell food at local markets in order to make ends meet, while others will support their husbands who do the same.
As the country went into lockdown, ports were closed and roadside traffic slowed to a trickle, which reduced the patronage of produce markets like the one in Dreketi where Bishop Henry serves. One vendor, Queenie Nivoi, spoke to Bishop Henry and told him that her sales were down to below 30 per cent of her pre-pandemic income.
Bishop Henry tells us that he plans a number of support initiatives using the funds that we raise. Short term, he intends to provide $50 grocery packs each month to about 100 families in his area who are in immediate need, whilst long term, he intends to purchase tools, seeds and seedlings so that each parish can have a tool shed from which members can borrow what they need to re-establish their sources of income.
He says “we give thanks and pray for God’s guidance and blessings on our three-tikanga church and its leadership.”