Need for counselling

Shayal Devi, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

MANY people in cyclone-affected areas will need long-term counselling services, says NGO Empower Pacific.

The organisation says it has noted an increase in the number of people seeking professional psychological help, particularly those from villages and settlements in the West.

So far, Empower Pacific has provided counselling services to about 8879 people in cyclone-ravaged areas. Out of this, 2792 were children.

"There is a growing need for counselling services in cyclone-affected areas and we have covered various villages and settlements in the Western Division with major focus in the districts of Rakiraki, Tavua and Ba," the NGO said.

Empower Pacific-based counsellors have been successful in covering villages in Nasau, Navuira, Veidrala and Malake in Ra.

In Tavua, the NGO has reached Nadala, Navai, Nadrau, Nagatagata, Buyabuya, Lewa and Waikubukubu.

Teams have also been placed on Vanuabalavu, Koro and Taveuni.

"We are continuously working to reach other affected areas and will continue to do so for the next three to four months. Our counselling centres are inundated with counselling services requests and we are exploring every avenue to meet these requests."

Work carried out by the organisation is supported by the Fiji Community Development Program through the Australian Aid and UN Women.