Vanuatu Emergency Appeal
In response to the devastating Volcanic activity in Vanuatu, GMP is launching a Churches of Christ Overseas Aid (COCOA) Emergency Appeal in an effort to raise some critical support for the thousands who have been displaced from their homes, families and communities.
The Vanuatu Government has ordered the entire population (approximately 11,000 people) of Ambae, an Island in the north of Vanuatu, to immediately evacuate. Many in evacuation centres are still waiting to be transferred to safety. Some have already been evacuated to Santo and are being managed through the Vanuatu Churches of Christ Emergency Response team.
One evacuee commented;
"They were so frightened every time the volcano erupted, the ground shook like an earthquake and the sound was so strong children cried. They were all hungry, very tired and frightened as they were evacuated from their village."
GMP is responding to requests from the Churches of Christ Conference office in Vanuatu and $10,000 has been made available immediately. Initially funds will be used to support evacuees in Santo and dispersed through the Churches of Christ in Vanuatu and the Vanuatu Council of Churches Disaster Response program. The greatest need for assistance will come as people return home and as schools are reopened. The priority will be on safe water, re-establishing gardens and providing education and health services.
Specific details of the response are being developed in partnership with the help of our friends in Vanuatu. This is an emergency situation and so some of our response will cover gaps in the immediate provision of relief and support.
We understand many of our supporters already contribute financially to the work of GMP, and for that we are truly grateful. If in addition if you are able to partner with us in this emergency we, and the people of Ambae would be deeply thankful.
You can give using the side panel found on the right hand side of this page, or download the giving form. Donations over $2 to the COCOA Ambae Emergency Appeal are tax-deductible.