The Fiji Red Cross Society today received two vehicles as part of an initiative to build community resilience and preparedness.
Fiji Red Cross Director General Filipe Nainoca said the vehicles would enable Red Cross to better reach and service the communities that it serves.
“The purpose of the vehicles is to be used for the Building Resilient Community Fiji programmes in carrying out its core activities as stipulated under the Strategic Plan 2015 – 2019,” he said.
Mr Nainoca said such vehicles are needed to be able to get to the remotest of places in Fiji to assist them in building their resilience.
“These will enhance our service delivery especially at divisional level as well as increase the capacity of Fiji Red Cross branches to better reach the vulnerable people in building resilient communities,” Mr Nainoca said.
One vehicle will be based in the Western Division and one will be used at the Fiji Red Cross headquarters in Suva.
Funding for the Building Resilient Community Fiji programme comes from USAID, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Head of IFRC’s Suva office, Kathryn Clarkson said Fiji Red Cross has shown and grown its ability in disaster preparedness and response since Tropical Cyclone Winston.
“This community resilience programme will help Fiji Red Cross continue to develop their capacity to reach and work with communities, in times of peace and disaster and these vehicles play an important role in getting to the people that need their assistance.”
In addition, other vehicles used by the IFRC for the Tropical Cyclone Winston response are also officially being handed over to the Fiji Red Cross today.