Saturday, February 4, 2012

Flooding in Fiji...Water problems on rise

I always read the Fiji Times every day, especially in the stormy months of November through April. Right now they are in the middle of cyclone season. The past 2 weeks have been very bad, 2 cyclones in a row, and 2 more on the way. The Western side of Fiji is always the most hit and this year is no exception. Damage reports continue to come in. I spoke with the Western Division Heath Minister yesterday, and he said they are super busy trying to bring order to the flooding. I shared with him that Give Clean Water will soon bring relief to one of their most critical villages where a recent typhoid outbreak has the village on lock down. He assured me the Health Ministry would stand side-by-side with us in our efforts.

Recent Flooding in Fiji
Two weeks ago, our Country Director for Give Clean Water lost everything in the first cyclone of the year. As he and his family are trying to put their lives back together, more storms are on the way. I was just reading how there has been $5 million of damage to the fragile Fiji water system. Unfortunately, that is the challenge of living in the tropics.

When we started Give Clean Water 3.5 years ago, we knew we had a great challenge ahead of Give Clean Water to everyone in Fiji who needs it. Well...we are well on our way to doing that. New partnerships are developing as we speak that will change Fiji's water situation for family and one filter at a time.

I'm grateful to everyone who is part of this journey. What we are doing MATTERS, and IS making a difference!

What if you could change the world? No excuses! You can!

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