Vanuatu needs your help urgently – please donate

Devastation from Cyclone Pam in Port Vila.

Devastation from Cyclone Pam in Port Vila. Credit: UNICEF/Humans of Vanuatu

The Category 5 Cyclone Pam that struck Vanuatu on Friday has devastated the country. This cyclone is possibly the strongest ever in the south Pacific region. Tens of thousands of people are homeless, without adequate food, water, shelter or sanitation.

The Government of Vanuatu estimates that 80% of homes have been either destroyed or have sustained significant damage. Communications infrastructure has been knocked out in the hardest hit islands and there are grave fears for rural communities that were directly under the path of the cyclone’s eye.

Essential services have been wiped out on most islands, and even in the nation’s capital Port Vila, home to about 60,000, restoring water and electricity may take weeks.

Vanuatu needs your urgent assistance. Here are our suggestions on how to help:

 

Australia

Give to Vanuatu is co-ordinating drop off points around Australia for relief supplies such as tarps, tents, ropes and tinned food. Please visit their FB page for details of drop off locations.

Emergency appeals that you can donate online to include:

Donate to UNICEF Australia Cyclone Pam appeal

Donate to Red Cross Cyclone Pam Appeal or call 1800 811 700 to make a secure donation

Donate to Cyclone Pam: Heart blong mifala stap wetem yufala fund (Vanuatu High Commission, Canberra / Australian National University

Donate to Oxfam Australia International Crisis Fund – Cyclone Pam

Donate to CARE Australia Cyclone Pam Response or call 1800 020 046

Save The Children Cyclone Pam Appeal or call 1800 76 00 11.
 

New Zealand

Donate to Red Cross NZ Pacific Disaster Fund
 

Nouvelle Calédonie et la France

Don à l’UNICEF France
 
Solidarité Vanuatu
 

UK and Europe

Donate to UNICEF UK Cyclone Pam fund
 

USA

Donate to UNICEF USA Cyclone Pam fund

 

Canada

Donate to Red Cross Canada Cyclone Pam Relief Fund / Donnez maintenant: cyclone Pam
 
Remember, give responsibly: some fake donation appeals are already circulating on social media and even door to door. Only give to reputable organisations, and ask to see identification.

 

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2 Comments on “Vanuatu needs your help urgently – please donate”

  1. Frank Morgan says:

    We trust that you and yours are coping, and are not too badly affected. We have contributed $500 to Red Cross and feel dreadful far away and impotent in the face of this disaster.

    Frank & Margot

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  2. Mike & Ella Ward says:

    We were on our way back to Vanuatu to live but flight got cancelled. We are still determined to return, even more determined now as our beloved Vanuatu and its people need our help. If anyone can help by either rebuilding it by donations then please,please do so. Please keep us upto date if anyone knows when the airport would be open. Thank you.

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