COVID-19 continues to spread in Fiji and the lockdowns have had a huge impact on the families we work with. Generous donations have helped with groceries, kerosene and gas for cooking, seeds to plant vegetables along with paying some water and electricity bills – we have helped 11 families and they have all sent a heartfelt thank you!
As you may know, there isn’t much government support in Fiji. This means many people are relying on NGOs and handouts to get through the lockdown.
Public transport isn’t running and taxis have increased their rates, which makes it hard for those who still have jobs to get to them.
Schools are officially closed until 21st June. Many of our families don’t have internet access and they are unable to travel to school to pick up resources for their children.
We’ve heard some heartbreaking stories recently, so this $5 we are again asking for your support for those families who are affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
One mother we know didn’t have enough food for her family after losing her job and being stuck at home for a 3-week lockdown. She started walking for miles each day, going from house to house, offering to do housework in return for food.
Another father came to us in tears, he had no food for his children and they had only eaten rice and tea for a week. His neighbours had generously shared their rice with him, but now it was all gone and both families were suffering.
Then there’s the mother who was laid off by a garment factory – she wasn’t able to get to work because public transport has stopped running, so she lost her job. Her children were hungry and she didn’t have enough food for her baby boy.