Some of the biggest flash floods in memory have affected almost 40,000 people, and forced over 10,000 people out of their homes when Cyclone Ita hit the Solomon Islands earlier this month. The Solomons, with a population of 550,000, is one of the poorest nations in the South Pacific and is only now recovering from years of ethnic conflict on Guadalcanal.
Hospitals have been evacuated, access points cut-off, fresh water contaminated and entire families separated. Whole suburbs have been drowned in water. People have reported seeing the bodies of dead children floating through floodwaters. At least 21 people have died to date with many still unaccounted for and thousands have been left homeless with the floods being described as the worst disaster to hit the nation.
Significant numbers of displaced people are in evacuation centres across Honiara and thousands of people are without clean water. Clean water, food, blankets, hygiene kits, clothing and temporary shelter are going to be the greatest needs.
Reports from the ABC yesterday confirmed that water is still very much in short supply with 50 percent of people in the City now unable to access water.
K & V Building, Solomon Constructions Ltd, Clean Water Australia and World Outreach Australia are partnering together for the supply and shipment to the Red Cross and other approved assistance agencies in the Solomon Islands for distribution so we can be assured of them getting into the hands of those who desperately need them.
For a donation of $16.00 World Outreach International will provide a personal Life Straw which will give 1000 litres of direct clean drinking water from any dirty water source. This can be shared between family members.
A donation of $65.00 will provide a family LifeStraw which gives 18,000 litres of clean filtered water. This can then be used for cooking and drinking.
HELP US PROVIDE CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS TODAY
OTHER WAYS TO DONATE:
Please make cheques payable to World Outreach in local currency with “Solomon Islands Flood Appeal” stated on the reverse side and send to your nearest office. View our country offices.
You can make a deposit directly into your local country office bank account. Click here to view details:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
GIRO (for Singapore donors only)
This is a simple hassle free method of giving on a regular basis, either monthly, quarterly or annually. We can send you a GIRO form so that you can give details to your bank of the amount and frequency of your gift. The money is then transferred automatically from your bank to ours until you advise your bank otherwise. Alternatively, you can download the GIRO form.
A response envelope is enclosed with some of our mailings. If you would like a supply of these to send in your gifts, please contact us.