The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) provided a grant of $30,000 to help people in Fiji recover from Cyclone Harold and stem the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. In partnership with Save the Children Fiji, the funds will go toward health care, medical supplies, clean water and educational resources to help people in the South Pacific island nation who are suffering from storm damage and disease.
Cyclone Harold struck Fiji on April 8, leaving thousands of people without food, water, shelter and medical care as they were already struggling to contain the COVID-19 virus.
TPRF immediately announced that it would provide $25,000 in aid, and in the weeks since, generous supporters donated to make the $30,000 grant possible. TPRF will also grant additional funds soon to help with ongoing needs in Fiji.
The TPRF grant of $30,000 to Save the Children Fiji will support health and education initiatives in the hardest hit areas, including Kadavu Island. The funds are being used to provide children and families with water, critical hygiene items such as cleaners and soaps, and personal protective equipment. The grant will also fund educational supplies to help children succeed in school, plus health awareness sessions to further limit the spread of sickness.
“A big ‘thank you’ to each one of you who contribute to TPRF, making it possible to help people who are facing this terrible crisis,” says Linda Pascotto, TPRF Board Chair. “As so many people globally are dealing with hardships, your support is playing a critical role in helping to meet their essential needs and maintain hope.”
The Fiji recovery initiative is part of a larger effort by TPRF to help people across the world who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. TPRF is providing more than $300,000 in grants for medical care, supplies, food and other humanitarian aid in several other countries, including Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, Ecuador, Mexico and the U.S.
TPRF is also adjusting its signature Peace Education and Food for People programs to continue addressing the fundamental needs of food, water and peace while following official distancing recommendations to help stem the spread of the virus.
TPRF Founder Prem Rawat is also offering uplifting daily video messages to help people cope with the trying times. A renowned author and speaker, his new video series, “Lockdown,” is available to watch at premrawat.com.
“There is a lot to be said about the power of the people, about the motivation that people have to move forward and to try to make a difference,” says Prem Rawat. “This is the time for empathy, clear thinking and courage.”