Cyclone Winston News Updates

It is now over a year since Cyclone Winston brought enormous damage to many parts of Fiji. Here at Naitauba, a vast recovery effort has been accomplished by the world-wide community of devotees, residents and retreatants at Adi Da Samrajashram, local staff, and others from within Fiji and abroad who have given their time and money with such heart-breaking generosity. We hope you enjoy this update describing notable activities of recent months.

This period began with the arrival of a huge barge, towed from Suva by an ocean-going tugboat, and aptly named Colossus.

Arrival of Collossus the barge

A most Happy New Year to all!

Thank you with all our hearts for your incredible support in the wake of Cyclone Winston that hit the Island of Naitauba – Adi Da Samrajashram – in February 2016. The financial and manpower support has been incredibly generous. Many skilled and unskilled devotees and friends have come to serve Adi Da Samrajashram and have made a huge difference in the recovery process.

We thought that this would be a good time to give you an update, to celebrate what has been accomplished and to remind each other of what is yet to be done.

Cyclone Winston struck the sacred island of Naitauba four months ago. During this time service to the island has been extraordinary.  Much restoration on a basic level has been accomplished; much still remains to be done. This will take years rather than months. Here on Naitauba the steady stream of retreatants that come each week is deeply appreciated. Every single person makes a significant difference. In this moment of dire need, everyone is very happy to help, even those volunteers who are just discovering Adi Da but have special skills that are desperately needed now.

 

Current Progress

Almost four months after the devastation of Cyclone Winston, the seemingly endless recovery and restoration process on this breathtakingly beautiful and most sacred Island of Naitauba continues daily. Much clean up and repair has occurred and continues slowly, but surely.

After more than two and one half months since Cyclone Winston, Naitauba, a great Spiritual Treasure and the Source of Adi Da Samraj’s world blessing work, continues to recover and to heal. Much of the damage to roads, utilities and marine transportation has been repaired and we are providing safe shelter for all the residents as well as restoring and securing all the articles and sites that were empowered by Adi Da. Focusing on the most vulnerable Temples and residences, we are also beginning the process of migrating to higher ground.

Thank you all for your support in the restoration of the beautiful Sacred Island of Naitauba. It has been just over two months since the devastating cyclone Winston and a great deal has been accomplished. But there is a huge amount of work yet to be done.

Tomorrow is the six-week anniversary of Cyclone Winston's direct hit on Naitauba Island. There has been a great amount of work done in that time to recover from the Cyclone, thanks to the tremendous support that we have received in the form of relief donations and volunteers going to the Island to help with clean-up and re-building. We are also very happy to report that some of the money that has been given has been sent to  the Fiji government, in the form of a donation from Naitauba, to its own Winston Recovery Fund to help with the overall recovery efforts throughout the country.

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