Join with Oxfam to help the victims of the Cyclone Winston in Fiji


What’s happening?

On Saturday 20 February 2016, Cyclone Winston — a powerful Category 5 storm — passed through the Fiji Islands. While the extent of the damage is still unfolding, Cyclone Winston was generating devastating wind speeds of up to 325kph.

The destructive force of the storm has left at least 42 people dead, whole villages destroyed and 117 schools damaged or wiped out. The areas worst hit include the Lomaiviti province (including Koro Island) and towns in the north of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu between Lautoka and Rakiraki. These towns were in the direct path of the cyclone’s eye and there are reports of whole villages destroyed, with only one or two buildings still standing.

Almost 30,000 people are sheltering in more than 700 evacuation centres around the country. An estimated 350,000 people live within the ‘very destructive’ zone 50 kilometres either side of the path of the eye of the storm. Now, the greatest worry is for the people living in crowded evacuation centres. There is urgent need to ensure improved water and sanitation conditions to prevent the outbreak of waterborne disease.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam, other aid organisations and local organisations are working together with the Government of Fiji to implement a response as effectively as possible. Oxfam’s first priority was to bring clean water. Survivors now face secondary threats like the spread of disease. Clean water for drinking, cooking and hand washing is essential for the prevention of waterborne disease after a disaster. Two portable water filters arrived in Suva on Wednesday, along with an Oxfam water and sanitation specialist. Two more water filters will arrive soon. Oxfam will be assisting with the delivery of water and hygiene kits to evacuation centres.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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 organisations that 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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.

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Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at

How you can help

This is an unprecedented emergency in Fiji. Please donate to the Fiji Cyclone Appeal to help deliver urgently needed aid to the people who need it the most. Your donation can help deliver essential items in the aftermath of disaster like clean water and sanitation.



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