The long road to recovery in Vanuatu
On the 13th of March 2015, Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc across Vanuatu. The category 5 storm ripped through the country, destroying homes and schools, and left many lives in ruins.
It's the worst disaster to ever hit Vanuatu, 82,000 children were affected,
UNICEF has been on the ground in Vanuatu for many years and was prepared and ready to respond in the aftermath of Pam. But it was thanks to the support of generous Kiwis, that UNICEF was able to bring critical emergency supplies to children and families worst affected.
UNICEF's initial response was providing:
- Clean water - for survival & to stop the spread of water-borne disease
- Vaccines - help stop the spread of Measles which is already present in Vanuatu
- Shelter - safe places for children & families to stay while piecing their lives back together
Many schools were wiped out, and teaching materials lost. UNICEF worked with the Government in Vanuatu to get children, like 9-year-old Jojo (above), back into school as quickly as possible.
Thanks to donor support, UNICEF was able to provide:
- Tents - to create temporary learning spaces for children
- School bags
- School materials - pens, pencils, books
One year on the Vanuatu Cyclone Pam appeal is 100% funded, but you can support more of UNICEF's work like this...
Much of UNICEF's work is funded by individual one-off donations to our General Fund and monthly donors, who provide UNICEF with the resources to respond to the needs of children, particularly in times emergency, like the early stages of Cyclone Pam.
Donate now to provide UNICEF with the resources to respond to children's needs in the Pacific and around the world: