Caritas supports non-formal education of farmers and helps remote communities resist the negative impacts of mining in their area. Caritas is also helping the Commission for Justice and Development (CJD) in Fiji with their long-term goal of creating a Caritas Fiji.
Tropical Cyclone Winston was a category 5 storm and the strongest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere. Fiji was very badly affected with thousands losing their homes and crops.
In our emergency response we are working with our partners on the ground in Fiji to continue responding to the needs of the many affected communities, including food, shelter (tents and tarpaulins), seeds, and farming equipment to replant destroyed crops.
Consolidating Rural Training in the Northern Provinces of Fiji
The Marist-run Tutu Rural Training Centre (RTC) on Taveuni Island trains young men, women and married couples in sustainable farming – teaching them to grow food for their families, and high-value crops for income. In 2015, Caritas started working with Tutu RTC, assisting it to become more self-reliant.
These plans were held up somewhat as Tutu suffered damage during Cyclone Winston in February 2016. Caritas supported their recovery by providing seeds and farming equipment, replacing computers, helping clear roads, and repairing classrooms and other buildings.