Habitat for Humanity Fiji continuously strives to match technologies, materials and methods of assistance with the needs of the most vulnerable in practicality, cost and social acceptability. Below are some of the resources Habitat for Humanity Fiji develop.
The Fiji Shelter Handbook focuses on shelter coordination and response in Fiji. The handbook holistically supports the shelter sector’s preparedness for and response to disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes and tsunamis. This support is especially relevant in the context of the severe climate change impacts faced by Pacific nations like Fiji. One of the key challenges faced by the sector is the timely deployment into relief and the transition into early recovery and lasting resilience. This is important to ensure affected communities are provided a pathway to durable shelter solutions as quickly as possible.
Habitat for Humanity Fiji is seeking a talented professional for the role of a National Director - Fiji. The National Director will lead the development and execution of Habitat for Humanity Fiji’s new country strategy.
After a long break from field activities due to COVID, our Water for Women team hit the ground running this year! In the first three months of 2022 we have completed engagements in 6 communities in Ba and Ra provinces as well as WASH training for teachers and school representatives in 4 primary schools in the Yasawa islands. Construction of WASH infrastructure in 5 Yasawa schools also began this year and is progressing well.
Community Voices for Inclusive Shelter Programming in Vanuatu builds on a significant body of work on safe sheltering and housing recovery developed by the Vanuatu Government and the Vanuatu Shelter Cluster. Community Voices is intended to supplement key Vanuatu Shelter Cluster documents such as the Shelter Cluster Vanuatu - Technical Guidelines. Community Voices arises out of interviews and workshops with people across the country who have lived through disasters. It reflects some of their key experiences, concerns and recommendations for shelter programs. Community Voices documents their experiences in response and recovery and emphasises the critical importance of disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming in shelter and settlements programming.
This Shelter Guide has been developed as part of a regional suite of guides covering Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. Whilst this Guide for Solomon Islands complements the others, it also adds critical insights by focusing on the particular needs of those living in urban informal settlements and the realities of residents who often act as first responders. The main sections of the Guide are structured to the three key stages of the Disaster Risk Management cycle: Preparedness, Response, and (longer-term) Recovery.
We are in our fifth and final year of the WASH program, we're really starting to see behaviour change in the communities we're working with. In the past our 18 project communities has very few women in the water committees, now we're seeing double the amount of women represented.