All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Rise Beyond the Reef is a U.S. registered federally exempt nonprofit organization. EIN #46-2759603. Our Fiji-based organization is also a registered Charitable Trust in the Fiji Islands.
When Cyclone Winston struck Fiji in February last year, it was the strongest recorded tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Pacific basin, and the second largest storm to make landfall in world history.
Through your support, we were able to respond to this natural disaster with short and longer-term strategies, including:
- Supplying more than 6 tons of food rations and basic supplies for 25 villages, which included 1,600 people and five remote primary boarding schools.
- Providing planting materials for replanting short term crops, to help address issues of food security.
- Engaging more than 250 women in 14 remote villages with steady, sustainable income through our Traditional Contemporary Arts & Crafts Income Generating program, earning more than $28,000 USD in 2016 (post storm reported household incomes in our target region were $10-$40 USD per month).
This year, we continue to help communities diversify their income-earning opportunities, including adding a new program to recycle storm debris into charcoal, thereby providing a new green energy option with international market linkages.
Now is when the real cyclone is hitting us,” is often stated in communities today, after the short-term aid and donations have ended. It is through your support that we can help these communities in need.