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In-pictures: Fiji – Tropical Cyclone Winston

Children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston have been given a unique opportunity to forget about their problems through a Fiji Red Cross puppet show using Sesame Street monsters. New Zealand puppeteer Chris Lynch visited 1000 children in some of the worst hit schools in the western division of Fiji – entertaining as well as passing on health and safety messages.

 

Director General of Fiji Red Cross Filipe Nainoca with Muppet puppet Grover, who was touring Fijian schools to give shows for children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Around 1000 children have been treated to puppet shows by visiting New Zealand puppeteer Chris Lynch. Lynch toured with Fiji Red Cross near the badly damaged town of Rakiraki in Ra province. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 

Many of the children he visited have lost their homes in the cyclone and are attending school in tents after their schools were also badly damaged. Feedback from teachers was that the puppet shows, which incorporated messages about keeping safe and healthy, were an important turning point for the children to start engaging with each other and to think about something other than the cyclone. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 



Fijian children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston have been treated to puppet shows by visiting New Zealand puppeteer Chris Lynch. Lynch toured with Fiji Red Cross to put on shows with his Muppet puppets Elmo and Grover for around 1000 children near the badly damaged town of Rakiraki in Ra province. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 

Lynch also trained a dozen staff and volunteers of Fiji Red Cross in puppetry, so they can carry on providing this form of psychosocial support to affected children. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 



Fijian children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston have been treated to puppet shows by visiting New Zealand puppeteer Chris Lynch. Lynch toured with Fiji Red Cross to put on shows with his Muppet puppets Elmo and Grover for around 1000 children near the badly damaged town of Rakiraki in Ra province. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 

Feedback from teachers was that the puppet shows, which incorporated messages about keeping safe and healthy, were an important turning point for the children to start engaging with each other and to think about something other than the cyclone. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 

Fiji Red Cross staff and volunteers in Lautoka have been learning puppetry skills from visiting New Zealand puppeteer Chris Lynch. Lynch trained a dozen staff and volunteers of Fiji Red Cross in puppetry, so they can provide this form of psychosocial support to children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 

Fijian children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston have been treated to puppet shows by visiting New Zealand puppeteer Chris Lynch. Lynch toured with Fiji Red Cross to put on shows with his Muppet puppets Elmo and Grover for around 1000 children near the badly damaged town of Rakiraki in Ra province. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 

Fiji Red Cross staff and volunteers in Lautoka have been learning puppetry skills from visiting New Zealand puppeteer Chris Lynch. Lynch trained a dozen staff and volunteers of Fiji Red Cross in puppetry, so they can provide this form of psychosocial support to children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Corinne Ambler/IFRC

 

Fiji Red Cross staff and volunteers in Lautoka have been learning puppetry skills from visiting New Zealand puppeteer Chris Lynch. Lynch trained a dozen staff and volunteers of Fiji Red Cross in puppetry, so they can provide this form of psychosocial support to children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Corinne Ambler/IFRC


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