There is a desperate need for basics such as kitchen utensils. There are none available in any of the stores there, and people whilst they can cook on open fires, have nothing to cook in. In fact there is little basic stock of anything available and if there were, the people most affected have no money to purchase.
12,000 people in evacuation centres have nothing to return home to. Chaos abounds in the sector with some agencies trying to shut others out.....no coordination...... no management - just self interest.
Rotary NZ World Community Service (RNZWCS) has been in touch with their Australian counterparts (RAWCS) overnight who have substantial donantions in most states and they will dispatch kitchen utensils etc. with urgency. Rotary Australia’s AquaBox, (similar to New Zealand's Emergency Response Kit) and coordinated efforts are underway.
All Rotary clubs should support our Pacific neighbours by contributing to RNZWCS when disasters such as this occur.
UPDATE – THURSDAY April 11, 2014
Rotarians in Honiara, Australia and Fiji are working togetner. Contact has been made with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and it is hoped to have ERKs on the next RNZAF flight – no date set.
Rotary Fiji have obtained space on Fiji Air out of Nadi and pre-positioned Rotary New
Zealand ERKs are being sent from there. Rotary Australia have confirmed they will send a pallet load from their complimentary AquaBox supplies. Rotary Australia also to send supplies of kitchen utensils from their DIK warehouse.
President Aldrin, Rotary Honiara yesterday advised RNZWCS that a member has tragically lost a son who was swept away by the flood waters and to date his body not
Donations have started to come in through the RNZWCS website (PayPal and Give-alittle)
which is encouraging. In consultation with President Aldrin, funds raised in New Zealand will go towards rehabilitation of health centres and schools.
Rotary - Solomon Islands Flood Appeal
Donations may be made by cheque to:
RNZWCS Limited – Solomon’s Appeal
PO Box 20309
or at any Westpac Branch
Acct 03 1702 0192208 01 or through other options posted on RNZWCS website www.rnzwcs.org