Jeff De Jesus, from our International Programs team shares his experience of working on the ground in Vanuatu to build disaster resilient communities after Cyclone Pam.
In Vanuatu, we are helping families rebuild by training them on disaster resilient construction.
Across all of the countries we work in, disaster risk reduction (DRR) is a crucial component of almost every program. Resourcing communities with the materials, skills and knowledge is essential in order to minimise damage, and prevent the heartache and desperation caused by natural disasters.
Just over three months since Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu, Habitat for Humanity will be helping affected families in their recovery by distributing shelter repair kits, assisting with shelter upgrades and providing skills training.
More than a dozen houses built by Australian volunteers just outside Port Vila in Vanuatu survived intact, despite weathering the full force of Cyclone Pam one month ago. They are among the few houses still standing in the community, amid widespread destruction that has devastated parts of the country.
Seven-month pregnant, Sarah Charlie was very worried when she learned that a Category 5 cyclone was heading straight for her coastal village of Ekipe. It did not help that her husband was away in New Zealand working, and she had four children to care for.
Lawrence and his family are one of the thousands whose homes were destroyed by Cyclone Pam when it made landfall on March 13. This is their story…
By Martin Thomas, Chief Executive, Habitat for Humanity Australia The initial response by government and aid agencies to the utter devastation caused when Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu was reassuringly quick and effective. The public gave generously to the appeal for funds. The media provided compelling coverage.
As more news arrives from Vanuatu, we are starting to see the complete scale of devastation caused by Cyclone Pam.
By Martin Thomas, chief executive, Habitat for Humanity Australia It is hard to imagine what it must be like living amid the devastation that has been wrought on Vanuatu in the wake of one of the most powerful cyclones to hit the Pacific region in modern history.