The Vision of Fear-No-More partnered with 53 donors from around the world to help families in a remote island village in the deep, blue, tropical, Koro Sea, Fiji.
LATEST UPDATE: June 21, 2016 – Update from Susie Bagshaw, Naitauba Island: “Dear Stuart, and everyone who has helped with the Ciqomi village relief fundraiser… Finally here is another update from me (excuse my tardiness), together with some pictures of the kids at the school with their BIG THANK YOU message !
“Everyone is so incredibly grateful for all your help. Houses are restocked, and everyone in the village has good bedding and clothing, all due to your help. Kitchens are getting restocked with containers, cooking pots and pans, baking trays, cooking implements, cups, plates, cutlery.
“The school has, remarkably, kept going through all the upheaval, thanks to the excellent work of Headmaster Fifita, who calmly keeps the education of the kids progressing day by day. The kindergarten is looking very bright and very creative, with lots of paintings, thanks to paper and paints sent by New Zealand folks – thank you !
“All the mothers say thank you so very much for the children’s underwear and especially from those who lost their houses and belongings – “MANY MANY THANKS for the new uniforms and shoes for the children.”
“Much love and thanks to you all,
“Vinaka vaka levu from all of Ciqomi. love, Susie”
The Vision of Fear-No-More warmly thanks everyone who participated in this relief effort for your generosity and care. You made a difference when it was needed!
Feb 20, 2016 – category 5 Cyclone Winston decimated large parts of the Fiji Islands, leaving many towns and villages completely ruined.
As the cyclone was bearing down on Fiji we realized that everyone in the tropical island chain would soon be experiencing the dire effects of this serious storm, including those on the island of Naitauba, and the families and children living in Ciqomi (pronounced “Thengoume”) village.
Knowing that major infrastructure damage, and initial survival supplies of food and water, would be accounted for and addressed by the island’s administration, along with help from Fiji and International aid groups, we set up a small fundraiser to directly help the families with humble but essential house-hold needs – brand new mattresses, clothing, school items, footwear, household and kitchen items, and so on… basic things that help ensure some comfort and dignity during a trying time.
We raised a very helpful $14,000 (Fijian), sending this money directly to Ciqomi and the families there most in need.
Susie Bagshaw (UK), our person on the ground helping the funds get to where they’re needed, has been sending out brief reports, updates and photographs when she’s been able to (see below for these). Things in Fiji are gradually improving but it’s still pretty tough there – on all levels!
If you’re moved to help the people of Ciqomi further, please donate here, on the Naitauba website, and ear-mark your gift “Ciqomi” to be sure it gets to where you want it to go.
Update from Susie Bagshaw, Naitauba – late March 2016