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.
The Charitable Trust