News Release

Cooking Kits Delivered to Families on Fiji’s Taveuni Island

People in Fiji are putting their lives back in order after the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston.

Churches, schools and homes were torn apart by the category 5 cyclone that hit the islands the latter part of February.  Personal belongings were scattered or lost completely.

Some items that we may take for granted but need every day are pots and pans.

“There are many who have lost all their cooking and eating ware. If you ask them, they say, ‘Winston took it,’” said Sister Karen Vermeeren, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Many have tried to straighten pots damaged by the cyclone, but they are beyond repair.

To assist those in need, LDS Charities has provided items for cooking kits delivered to families in Vuna and Navakawau villages on Taveuni island.  LDS Charities is a humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

These kits include a cooking pot, four bowls, four mugs, and four spoons. Each family will receive one kit and some will receive two kits depending on the size of the family.

Recipients of the cooking kits were very grateful. Exclamations of “God bless you,” and “Vinaka” were sincerely given.

Photo credits: Karen Vermeeren

Style Guide Note:When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide.