Tropical Cyclone Winston – the most powerful storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere - has left a trail of devastation over large areas of Fiji and destroyed or damaged 229 schools. Thousands of Fijian students have resumed classes since the cyclone struck on February 20, 2016, but are currently being taught in temporary shelters or tents. To a greater or lesser extent, they are all grappling with the psychological trauma of surviving winds in excess of 300 kilometres an hour, losing family members and friends and losing their homes and possessions.

The experts say the best way for Fijian children to put the trauma of Cyclone Winston behind them is to return to permanent classrooms as soon as possible. So the Fijian Government has made it a top priority to get our children back into proper facilities to resume their studies. Unfortunately, it is beyond the Government’s capacity to rebuild them as quickly as we must for the sake of our children. So we are seeking the assistance of foreign governments, multilateral organisations, donor organisations, companies, community groups, sporting bodies and individuals to adopt individual schools and spearhead the rebuilding process. 

This is an opportunity to make a deeply satisfying and enriching contribution to the welfare of Fijian children and their communities. To form an ongoing connection with a particular school, help get it back on its feet and share the joy of our young people and their families as they resume the learning process in proper facilities. As they put Winston behind them and work again to achieve their dreams.