The head of the EU Delegation to the Pacific, Sujiro Seam, said funds were also channeled to the Fiji NGO of Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development, or FRIEND, to help vulnerable people in the western division. FRIEND Director, Sashi Kiran, confirmed the EU’s $US14,000 donation went towards food, livelihood set-up and training. Sashi Kiran said New Zealand provided $US14,000 for the Cyclone Harold food relief and Australia had also supported the programme.
“We would like organizations hosting events in Suva to bring them to Nadi to improve economy if Nadi back to normal. Not a lot of services provided. There are not a lot of alternatives for employment being offered. So there is a lot that can be done.” Kiran stated.
Kiran said 200,000 people in the west were being impacted by both crises.
Cyclone Harold hit the country in April and left one person dead and tens of thousands of people homeless.
Last month, the government announced a $US1.7 billion national Budget for the 2020-2021 financial year. Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this included a $US930 million stimulus package to fund the country’s recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But the opposition parties said the government had failed to address the biggest crisis in the country – unemployment.