Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands – Oxfam needs your help!

Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands has caused death and devastation, mostly in the country’s capital of Honiara.

What happened?

Extremely heavy rain over the course of a few days at the beginning of April, coupled with the magnitude 6.0 earthquake, which occurred on Saturday the 12th, has resulted in the death of at least 19 people, with 40 people missing and an estimated 49, 000 homeless. Entire riverside communities and bridges were washed away in the floods when the Matanikau River in Honiara broke its banks. The Solomon Islands government has declared a state of emergency in the area.

Australia’s response

The Australian Government has taken an active role in supplying the Solomon Islands with the aid they require, by donating an extra $250, 000 in emergency relief assistance. The Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said the money would be in addition to an initial announcement of $50, 000.

“…we stand ready to support the Solomon Islands. Australia’s a very close friend of the Solomon Islands and we’ll certainly do what we can to support them at this time.” – Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister.

Oxfam stands at the ready

Oxfam Australia have committed to assisting the Solomon Islands to respond to the devastation.

“Oxfam has an active presence in the Solomon Islands, and we are standing ready to support the NDMO with any requests for assistance…We are currently positioned to deliver emergency relief items such as tarpaulins, kitchen kits and hygiene kits to the worst-affected areas.” – Katie Greenwood, Oxfam’s Solomon Islands’ Country Director.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Oxfam as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How can we help?

Oxfam are calling for donations to their International crisis fund. The funding ensures that they are “able to respond quickly and efficiently, to help those most in need when a natural or man-made emergency occurs around the globe.” – www.oxfam.org.au

Donate now, and do your part to help out the communities affected by flash flooding in the Solomon Islands.



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