With the closure of international borders and the devastation caused by tropical Cyclone Harold earlier this year, 2020 has been a very difficult year for Fiji. With a huge majority of the economy supported by tourism, the Coronavirus restrictions have hit Fiji and its neighbouring pacific nations especially hard.
The country’s national airline, Fiji Airways grounded 95% of flights amid worldwide border closures and travel restrictions which lead to a whopping decrease in tourism. From 27,972 tourists arriving in March to a mere 678 in April, the numbers continued to decrease as Coronavirus restrictions tightened. The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) reported an astounding 279 hotels and resorts had closed since the outbreak reached Fiji, which has resulted in a huge loss of employment.
With this in mind, we wanted to show our support to a country that has welcomed and treated us like extended family over the past 6 years. We reached out to a local community and they pointed us in the right direction to the organisations seeking help during these unprecedented times.
Plantation Island Resort Families
In Fiji, it is quite common for locals to live in staff quarters at resorts while working and sending money home to their families. With the closure of Plantation Island resort many families are struggling to get by, so we are supporting by sending essential groceries to families in need.
Coronavirus Assistance for HART
A group of women helping coordinate the purchase, delivery, and distribution of essential groceries to single mothers in dire need of support due to loss of income as a result of Covid-19.
United Blind Persons of Fiji
Their mission includes identifying and facilitating the provisions of appropriate services that are currently not available to blind and vision impaired people and to work with other organisations whose vision and activities help improve quality of life.
Supporting poor families in the North that are struggling due to loss of income.
We are donating 500 food hampers and 100 sanitary packs. If you would like to lend a hand as we do our part to assist Fiji on the road to recovery, you can purchase any item from our merch store and we’ll donate 100% of proceeds to the project.
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