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Project Temo

Fiji

Unpredictable and extreme weather is becoming more frequent in Fiji, threatening the lives and livelihoods of children and their families.

The Fiji islands face consistent exposure to a range of extreme weather events, such as storms, tsunamis and earthquakes. Climate change has only made things worse, increasing the frequency and intensity of these events.

The people who are most affected by frequent storms and flooding are those who are poor. 66% of Fijians live below the poverty line, with many living in informal settlements where they have limited access to health and education services.

Save the Children has been working within these communities for over a decade so that the children living here can access a quality education. We have been working with families and communities to help them improve their skillset and livelihoods so that they can afford to keep their children healthy and in school. These developmental gains are threatened by disaster and a changing climate.

Read Temo's Story

10-year-old Temo has nothing but memories remaining of the home his father built 24 years ago. His home - along with 60% of the homes in his settlement - was destroyed by Cyclone Winston. Temo’s neighbours in the settlement on the east coast of Viti Levu are all relatives. Together, they will face the aftermath of the storm.

Temo is the youngest child of four and attends the local primary school, while his brothers attend the nearby Queen Victoria high school in Tailevu province. The high school was badly damaged by Cyclone Winston and Temo is waiting to hear what has happened to his primary school.

Walota, Temo’s father, is worried about how he will feed his children. All of his crops - his cassava and other root vegetables - everything is gone. “We are getting water from a nearby creek and relying on food handouts.” Whilst he has plans to rebuild his house and his income, he hopes his children can return to school.

We have a solution

We will be providing training and support to informal communities, helping them prepare for and respond to disaster. Teaching children and their families how to reduce local risks empowers them to make informed decisions - creating a generation that is better prepared for the disasters of tomorrow.

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Confident Children

Children are learning how to prepare for cyclone season so that they can keep safe during a disaster and return to a normal life faster.

Protection

We are providing schools in the community with relief supplies and strengthening their local evacuation shelters. When natural disasters strike children can confidently find shelter in a safe zone.

Training

We are providing front-line training to local, district and national government representatives, ensuring that everyone is trained and able to meet the needs of children during an emergency.

Support

We are providing support to families to increase their incomes so that they have ‘rainy day’ funds to help them recover from an emergency.

Will you help?

The choice you make right now can help change lives and create a generation of children who are prepared. 

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With your help we can help some of the most vulnerable communities in Fiji prepare for disaster.

30

high-risk communities will learn about local hazards

270

front-line responders trained

630

children will participate in child clubs

14,400

children will know what to do in a disaster