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Fiji: TC Winston - Flash Appeal Overview May 2016

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Shelter Cluster partners with the Government of Fiji have distributed over 27,600 households worth of emergency shelter, including tents, tarpaulins, shelter kits and shelter tool kits, and have distributed over 50,000 shelter items in total over the Flash Appeal period. Residual emergency shelter gaps have been identified but cluster partners have indicated that they have, or may have, the capacity to respond. A three day “Training the Trainers” pilot technical training program was run by Shelter Cluster in early May. This trained those within humanitarian organizations to roll out their own trainings in early recovery, to target both owner-builders and skilled/semi-skilled carpenters and focusing on safer construction practices and build back safer methods thereby complementing the Government’s Help for Homes Initiative. The Shelter Cluster has collaborated with the Government of Fiji to include build back safer posters and key messages at the voucher card distributions sites and are awaiting results of the outreach.

CLUSTER STRATEGY AND OBJECTIVES

To support owner-driven recovery by investing in disaster preparedness and risk reduction while prioritizing the most vulnerable households and communities.

Objective 1: Provision of emergency shelter and NFI, with supporting IEC.

Objective 2: Support to self-recovery to repair and rebuild damaged house with hardware or cash/voucher equivalent and appropriate training and IEC material.

Objective 3: Along with IEC, provide technical training on building back safer for skilled/semi-skilled carpenters.

CONTEXT AND RESPONSE

Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston was the most severe ever recorded in the South Pacific, affecting Fiji 20th February 2016, and the government declared a State of Natural Disaster for 60 days and officially requested international assistance. The Flash Appeal Period ended on 21st May with the shelter sector only 21% funded. The Ministry of Local Government, Housing & Environment leads the Shelter Cluster. The response to date has focused on emergency shelter assistance, and the Shelter Cluster is working closely with government to address identified gaps and duplication as well as advocating for further funding and support to owner-driven recovery and build back safer awareness and further technical training to complement the Government’s Help for Homes Initiative.

CHALLENGES

Critical funding gaps remain for Shelter Cluster partners in this transition to recovery to carry out technical training programs and build back safer message dissemination, as well as a lack of funding for programs supporting those most vulnerable with repair or retro-fit of damaged homes or construction of core shelters for those with completely destroyed homes. It is imperative that ownerbuilder led recovery initiatives be informed by the principles of BBS, therefore funding for training and BBS awareness remains a top priority for recovery.