Dear friends and contributors, four months ago, on March 13th 2015, Vanuatu was hit by Cyclone « Pam ». Since that day the country has been working and standing to face the great challenge of rebuilding itself relentlessly. Everyone helped their way, some in the field and others by generous support. Without you we could not have done what we did and this is the result of everyone. At ACTIV we committed to help St-Joseph school to rebuild the roof covering two of their classrooms that was blown away that night. Kids were taking classes in shelter tents erected for this purpose. Volunteers have worked over weekends for five weeks and on Saturday 11th July the last screw was finding its place on the new roof. It’s a small piece in a big puzzle and thanks to you, kids will now school in better conditions. It is winter now in Vanuatu and there has been quite a lot of rain recently, turning the shelter tents into humid places and reaching their limits in offering good and dry space to teach and give kids a chance to learn.
ACTIV partnered with Alliance Française of Vanuatu to raise the funds necessary to this project. We thank every person who facilitated our work and contributed to this achievement.
The job undertaken started with the cleaning of what was left from the wood frame supporting the roof and proper evaluation work. As the original design of the frame seemed too weak we decided to re-enforce it before covering with isolation sheet and iron roofing. The carpentry work was undertaken over three weeks (working over weekend time as kids were at school during week days and we didn’t want to disturb them more that they already were, forced to adapt to the precarious situation). Then it took another week-end to cut the iron straps and secure the roof with proper anti-cyclone strapping at every crossing over the frame. 100 meters of iron belt were cut and nailed onto the frame, 3600 nails hammered and finally it was time to roll the isolation layer on the top of it to keep the room as cool as it could be under tropical sunlight. Final stage was to assemble the iron sheets together and cover the whole frame. Iron sheets were anchored in the wood with not less than 700 screws over 100 square meters of roof surface. The reasons supporting our efforts to re-enforce and deliver a roof built according to cyclone standards were motivated by the fact that it welcomes kids underneath every day but also serves as evacuation centre in natural disaster times. Cyclone Pam showed that places identified as evacuation centres were not all built according to modern standards though it was time to rebuild for better safety.
ACTIV team is proud to share a few pictures of the result and thank you for trusting us in delivering support to the communities and people of Vanuatu. Although most of the post cyclone recovery program has now been achieved, we will continue our efforts to facilitate inter-island root crops distribution and food safety program with two boats operating weekly rotations across the archipelago. At the end of the project and with the support of several partners ACTIV will have facilitated the distribution of over 450tons of root crops and about 20tons of material helping the communities to get back into the production of traditional handicraft or into the field harvesting cocoa as their main sources of incomes.
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