Vanuatu Emergency Appeal – Cyclone Harold
Cyclone Harold has impacted approximately 160,000 people; 50% of the population of Vanuatu. It registered as a category 5 cyclone, which is the most severe rating only given to cyclones that are extremely dangerous and cause widespread destruction.
It has decimated large areas of land on a number of islands, destroying buildings and vegetation and has left tens of thousands without homes, clean water, food and livelihoods. Luganville is the second largest town in Vanuatu and has had 60% of the buildings damaged. Islands including Malo, Maewo, Ambae, Pentecost and Santo sustained damage. Recovery may take years and cost millions and millions of dollars.
The impact of Cyclone Harold is still being assessed but it is clear that there is major damage on Santo and Pentecost. Homes and community buildings have been blown apart, and the extent of the damage is still unknown. We are seeking news about the people from Ambae sheltering on Santo.
Please help support those devastated by Cyclone Harold.
Churches of Christ Overseas Aid has launched an emergency appeal for Vanuatu. Funds raised for the appeal will be used to support the recovery of our partner communities and programs. We will update how the funds are being directed as further information on what is needed becomes available.
Our partner, Principal Peter Bryant from Londua/Bombua School (on Santo), reports:
"Most of the school was damaged. The only buildings left standing was the new one that GMP built last year (it lost its veranda) and the original Bombua School building. This building had the cement for the planned new buildings in it so we are thankful that it wasn’t damaged and the cement is safe. And all of the structures that had been started for the new classrooms etc. are still standing, as well as the office."
We are also aware of significant damage to Ranwadi High School and also to the communities in Southern Pentecost.
Your immediate support will provide vital recovery for our partners affected.
Churches of Christ is represented on the Churches Working Group, part of the work of the Vanuatu Christian Council. They are liaising with the Government and planning what can be done.
Vanuatu is one of the world’s most disaster-prone nations. We know we can help. Previously, communities from Ambae have been supported in their resettlement. We celebrated with the people from Tanna and Port Vila the rebuilding that took place after Cyclone Pam.
Please continue your support of Vanuatu – Give now to provide vital recovery!
We will continue to update you as we receive news from our partners. Please support our partners in Vanuatu.