Cyclone Winston Emergency Appeal Cyclone Winston Emergency Appeal

CARE and Live & Learn are helping families to recover from disaster

CARE and Live & Learn are helping families to recover from disaster

Cyclone Winston, the strongest storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, swept through Fiji on 20 February 2016, devastating the Pacific nation. More than 540,000 people were affected with 44 killed and 131 injured.

CARE Australia and local partner Live & Learn responded immediately, providing lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of those affected, thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Our teams continue to support children and families to recover from the disaster.

The partnership between CARE and Live & Learn is a great example of the importance of working with local partners, you can find a case study about this localised approach here.

Thank you to all our generous supporters who have donated to CARE’s Cyclone Winston Emergency Appeal.

How we are using your donations on the ground

Through our emergency response and recovery projects, CARE and Live & Learn have reached more than 25,000 people across 231 communities and 19 schools. We have:

  • distributed emergency shelter kits, shelter repair toolkits and conducted safe building training to 2,500 families
  • distributed hygiene kits including soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, water purification tablets and water containers to 4,196 families and 10 schools and provided training to ensure children and adults stay clean and healthy
  • rehabilitated or constructed 17 community water supply systems (this work is ongoing)
  • constructed and repaired 253 toilets
  • distributed seed kits to 4,290 families and established 17 community nurseries for growing food crops to eat and sell
  • conducted agricultural training for 231 communities

The generosity of our supporters continues to make an impact in Fiji and is helping families to rebuild and recover from the devastating cyclone.

Cyclone Winston Emergency Response Update

“I appreciate the assistance provided by CARE and Live & Learn and for coming here and showing that you do really care and helping us service the ongoing challenges we face in our lives.

“Some of the things we received were farming tools to start growing our vegetables, seedlings were provided too. Not only that but the tools to rebuild the house. These are some of the things that helped us restart our lives.” Mere, mother of three.


There is still work to be done. Please donate to our Cyclone Winston Appeal

Donate by phone or mail

Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card.

Download this form, print it out and mail it, including a cheque or credit card information

CARE Australia
Reply Paid 61843
Canberra ACT 2601

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.