Cyclone Harold causes major devastation in Vanuatu, villages are in desperate need of food, water & shelter, please can you help ?
DEVASTATION across Vanuatu - on April 5/6 Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu causing major damage. This communities need our help so they can recover and rebuild their livelihoods We are asking for your help.
David and I, the founders of Pacific Pathways have been based in Vanuatu since 2015, we came to help with the rebuild and recovery after cyclone Pam and we are still here working on our rebulding projects.
We live on Aore Island, we have now experienced a Cat 5 cyclone first hand so we now understand what the people of Vanuatu experienced with Cyclone Pam in 2015 and Cyclone Harold, this week.
It was truely frightening with the strength of the winds and the seas it was a huge unknown what would or could happen. I even started to pack up the house items as best I could in water tight containers, should we loose the roof of the house. We felt very lucky to be in a solid building our thoughts through the night were about concern for our frineds living in the villages nearby.
I could say more as we have so many stories from friends living on the island, but this will have to wait for another time as we now need to focus on the now. For Pacific Pathways this is about helping the communities who have all lost their homes and their crops. On Aore some sheltered in the abandoned US bunkers from WWII and others sheltered in the Bat Caves at Freshwater Plantation.
We ask that you take a moment to think about loosing everything and you have no resources to replace your home, food for the table, the water may run out as the dry season starts & you have no income ?
We are now asking for your help so we can purchases resources to help the communities to rebuild and recover from this devastating event.
About our Charity
To date after cyclone Pam Pacific Pathways has focused on helping with the rebuild & recovery by rebuilding damaged schools and building kindy's/preschools that had been flattened by cyclone Pam on Paama Island.
As we are here on the ground on Aore Island, who has suffered major devastation, we realise the need for help is NOW and at the village level so we are focusing on the 'VILLAGES FIRST", helping them to ensure they have food, water and shelter and to later help them to recover and rebuild their homes.
We will be working closely with the NDMO, Vanuatu Government, the Mayor of Luganville and the Provincial Office for Sanma.
Pacific Pathways have been helping in Vanautu since 2010. Our first project was in fact to build the new school on Aore Island, Bernier Bay School which is now called the Aore Yumi Community Primary School. The seed was planted and Pacific Pathways was born. You can learn more about our story on our website.
The funds raised through Give a Little will be used 100 % on our recovery/rebuilding projects Vanuatu.
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TC Harold was a Cat 5 cyclone which caused major devastation across Vanuatu ripping off roofs, flattening houses and gardens, leaving many families with nothing !
Visiting our friends living in the nearby village on Aore, was heart breaking, they were shattered after a stressful 24 hours. One family with 3 young children, has only one of three buildings still standing, and their garden nearby was also flattened. Visiting other villages on Aore during the week, we continued to see total devastation of houses and gardens.
The founders of Pacific Pathways have been living in Vanuatu since cyclone Pam helping with the recovery &r rebuiding. We live on Aore Island and experienced our first cat 5 Cyclone as the eye of the storm tracked over Aore and Malo island in the Sanma Province.
We woke to total devastation around us with trees & coconuts down, fallen branches and debri everywhere, access from the house was by clambering over the fallen trees and the road was totally blocked.
We ask that you take a moment to think about losing your house and everything inside.
You have no resources to replace your home, you have lost your garden so you cannot put food on the table, the water may run out as the dry season begins & you have no money !
We have witnessed first-hand the stress for the families in our community, as time passes and they have to readjust to a broken home and no gardens and struggle to put food on the table.
We ask you to give generously so we can help as many families as possible.
To learn more about our work helping Vanuatu please visit our website: pacificpathways.org.nz and our facebook page: PacificPathwaysNZ .