MWH Global Contributes US$50,000 to Relief for Fiji Communities Impacted by Tropical Cyclone Winston

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Fijian Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund to Receive Contribution

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The loss of human lives, homes and livelihoods prompted an immediate response from the MWH global network of employees and its Caring Foundation.

Engineering and consulting firm MWH Global announced today that it has contributed US $50,000 through the MWH Caring Foundation to the Fijian Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation: Cyclone Winston Fund. The relief fund was established immediately following the devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston that destroyed communities throughout the Fijian Islands on February 20. The funds will assist those most directly impacted by the category five storm that has left thousands without essential shelter, water and power and has cut off roadways and major transportation routes.

"Many of our staff come from, or have families living in, villages or on islands that have been hard hit," said MWH Fiji Country Manager Mike Rudge. “The loss of human lives, homes and livelihoods prompted an immediate response from the MWH global network of employees and its Caring Foundation.”

The Foundation, established in 2002 funds causes that align with the firm's purpose of Building a Better World. The fund has since donated more than US $1M to charitable, educational and relief organizations around the world.

“Our thoughts are with the people in Fiji following this terrible storm,” said Alan Krause, chairman and CEO of MWH Global. “We have contributed to the Fiji Prime Minister’s National Disaster Fund to assist the Fijian government to provide services where they are needed most.”

“The heavily damaged areas are hometowns for many of our colleagues,” said Marshall Davert, President of Government and Infrastructure for MWH in Americas and Asia Pacific. “Right now, we’re working to provide immediate assistance, food and clothing to our team members who have lost their homes or whose homes have been heavily damaged. We will be here working side-by-side with the Fijian Government to assist in rebuilding these communities.”

MWH has more than 150 employees working in Fiji.

About the MWH Caring Foundation
The MWH Caring Foundation was established in 2002 to fund charitable and educational causes that align with our purpose of Building a Better World. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1M to charitable organizations. Previous donations following natural disasters were made to GIVIT in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia following Tropical Cyclone Marcia in 2015; the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal in Australia in 2011; Fundación Un Techo Para Chile following the Chilean Earthquake in 2010; the President’s Relief Fund for Earthquake victims in Pakistan in 2006 and the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief fund in New Orleans in 2005.

About the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation: Cyclone Winston Fund
Tropical Cyclone Winston is one of the most devastating storms on record in the Southern Hemisphere. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Fijian Government established the fund in response to the crisis to help reestablish much needed services and to assist with the rebuilding process. These funds will be used to directly benefit those Fijians who have been left homeless, without adequate food, water and essential services – especially those in rural and maritime communities.

About MWH Global
MWH Global is dedicated to Building a Better World. As specialists in water, natural resources and transportation, MWH employees use innovative ideas and technology to help solve complex infrastructure and environmental challenges. This work is built on a nearly 200-year history during which MWH has delivered services from initial planning and design through construction, start-up and operations. Today, MWH employs approximately 7,000 experts including engineers, consultants and construction professionals in 35 countries on six continents. Each of these experts is committed to serving global communities through sustainable development and project delivery. MWH is a private, employee-owned company headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, U.S.A. For more information, visit mwhglobal.com or connect via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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