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Asia Pacific Baptist Aid and the Convention for Fijian Baptist Churches continue to work together to respond to needs in areas affected by Cyclone Winston. APBaid has assigned a consultant to work closely with the leadership of the churches as they develop an effective medium and long term recovery strategy
Many church and community buildings were used for shelter during cyclone Winston and a temporary home and a place to be feed in the days following. Most people taking refuge in these shelters have moved to stay with friends and relatives if their own homes are still uninhabitable. Post trauma support, counselling and extra emotional support is available through the churches for those who need it and church groups are focusing on encouraging people to help each other.
Cyclone Winston - How can you help in Fiji?
Tropical Cyclone Winston went through Fiji on the weekend of 20-21 February, with devastating results. Many Kiwis have holidayed in Fiji, and now we see the pictures of the destruction of the storm. We want to do what we can to help.
The clean up is going to take a long time. Mr Peni Dolavale, President Fiji Baptist Convention, has appealed to the larger Baptist family worldwide to pray and support them in whatever way possible in this emergency disaster situation.
APBAid (the aid department of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation) is exploring ways and means to help support them.
Banzaid has been a member of the New Zealand Council for International Development (CID) since 1997. This year CID celebrates 30 years as the umbrella organisation providing coordination of activity and a united voice on common issues for New Zealand's international aid and development community. CID represents over 50 member NGO's based in Aotearoa and is linked to counterpart organisations in Australia (ACFID) and the Pacific (PIANGO). CID exists to support effective high quality aid and development programmes, with the vision of achieving a sustainable world free from poverty and injustice.
The CID member organisations have traditionally been unified by a Code of Ethics agreement. This was 9 guiding principles that formed a standard for good practice. The code of ethics has been succeeded by the new CID Code of Conduct launched at the end of 2014. The Code of Conduct is a more comprehensive set of principles and obligations designed to enhance accountability within the sector and bring the transparency of New Zealand NGOs in sync with international standards.