Vanuatu

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17 Aug 2015
The challenge More than 80 per cent of the population of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu live in rural areas scattered across multiple islands. This makes communications, transport and service [...]

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On Friday 13 March 2015, category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam lashed the islands of Vanuatu bringing with it destructive winds surpassing 300kph, heavy rainfall, storm surges and flooding. Large parts of the country were severely affected. 

Act for Peace (AfP) have supported the immediate needs of the disaster affected population (initial response) as well as their medium/longer term needs (early recovery). Initial response included the provision of WASH materials (hygiene kits) and water purification units, assistance with food distribution efforts along with seeds and farming tools to revive homestead gardens. These activities will be undertaken through local partner the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC).

Act for Peace in partnership with the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) has distributed tarpaulins to churches that were identified as appropriate cyclone evacuation centers (those with strong structural elements as well as bathroom and cooking facilities). The tarpaulins are providing important temporary roofing to allow churches to return as quickly as possible to their regular function not only as a place for church services but for important community gatherings including acting as food distribution areas, mothers group venue, youth group center and general spiritual and mental health support space for the community suffering stress and trauma following Cyclone Pam.  Churches are a significant community centre point for people to come together to connect and support each other.  With so many church roofs destroyed by Cyclone Pam some churches have had to halt community activities for weeks following Cyclone Pam meaning communities were not able to connect and continue their support activities.
 
Act for Peace in partnership with the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) ran independent needs assessments across several islands determining the requirements for the churches.  On many occasions VCCâs distribution of tarpaulins arrived more quickly to churches that had applied to the government weeks earlier for help and had not yet received any roofing aid.
24 Sep 2015

On Friday 13th March a category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam lashed the islands of Vanuatu bringing with it destructive winds surpassing 300kph, heavy rainfall, storm surges and flooding. The eye of the cyclone passed close to Efate Island, where the capital Port Vila is located causing extensive and widespread damage. Six months, ACT Alliance members continue to help the […]

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16 Mar 2015

ACT member Christian Aid is to make an initial £25,000 available to partner organisations providing emergency supplies in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam which hit the Pacific island chain of Vanuatu on Friday, killing at least eight people, injuring many more, and reducing many houses and shops to matchwood. The money will go to sister […]

ACT News Vanuatu 2015
15 Mar 2015

Peter Rottach, Chair of the ACT Alliance Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Community of Practice, speaks from the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) taking place in Sendai, Japan (14-18 March 2015). He highlights, on the back of the devastating cyclone that hit Vanuatu on 14 March 2015, the urgency of action needed to […]