Emergency Relief for Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Emergency Relief for Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam
Emergency Relief for Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam
Emergency Relief for Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam
Emergency Relief for Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

Dear Supporter,

The generous donations that The Charitable Trust has collected for Vanuatu have been donated to the Wan Smolbag Theatre (WST) This is a non-government organisation that has 16 full-time core actors working in theatre productions, radio drama and film work. The aim of the theatre is “to increase discussion of important issues facing society and promote community action as well as to provide training and materials to schools, communities, NGOs and government departments in the Pacific and beyond.” 

In the wake of Cyclone Pam the WST provided shelter and food to over 250 community members who lost their homes. Now that the immediate danger has passed, WST is supporting the recovery effort by supporting their staff in the efforts to rebuild their homes so that they can carry on the valuable work that supports and uplifts the community around them.

Here are some of their stories:

“Shayne teaches literacy at our youth center. She lives in a house with 16 adults and 4 children under the age of 7. During the cyclone their kitchen was destroyed and two of the rooms of her house was damaged. With your donations, Shayne has been buying food for her large family.”

“Francis is an actor in the Rainbow Disability Theatre group, and is rehearsing a new play on maintaining good hygiene. He lives with his extended family, including 9 adults, 4 babies and 2 small children. During the cyclone, the roof was blown off his home, and everyone sheltered in Francis’ small room, the one room where the roof stayed on. Looters came and stole many of his belongings. Francis has replaced his roof and built a concrete shed to keep his possessions safe.”

“Billy is the agriculture tutor at Wan Smolbag, and is now providing agricultural advice, seedlings and seeds to help communities to grow back their livelihoods. During the cyclone Billy’s house was destroyed, and since then his family has been living under a tree covered with tarps. With the donations, Billy has bought building equipment that he needs to start building back his home.”

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this emergency appeal.

Best Wishes, 

The Charitable Trust


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Dear Supporter, 

Cyclone Pam, which started forming in the South Pacific on 6th March, and hit Vanuatu on 13th March, is regarded as the worst natural disaster to have struck Vanuatu. 90% of the country's infrastructure has been destroyed and the small island nation has been reeling ever since. 

One of the biggest challenges in the relief effort is the geography of Vanuatu- it is spread over a stretch of 1300km and divided into 80 separate islands. It is tricky to get around on a normal day! The teams on the ground have faced a complete breakdown in all forms of communication. The only option left was satellite phones. Even with satellite phones there are some regions that simply don't have access to this type of technology. 

Once communication challenges are sorted out, so that we can access which areas have been the worst affected, we are then faced with gaining access. One of the most critical factors is getting fresh water, food and medical supplies to people, and that is just the beginning. 

With a disaster of this scale, relief efforts will carry on for many months. Some of the things that we will have to focus on going forward will be to restore livestock and replant crops. If this is not addressed the food shortage will be severely exacerbated. This is a critical issue and will take many years to be redressed. We will also need to urgently start rebuilding homes and infrastructure. Better early warning system will need to be installed and implemented as well as better coastal barriers.

We will continue using your kind donations to aid Vanuatu over the coming months while they struggle to recover and rebuild. Thank you for your generous support. 

Best Wishes, 

GVI Charitable Trust


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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

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