Vanuatu is a tiny island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, located about 1,100 miles off the northeastern coast of Australia. This island archipelago is volcanic in origin, has a tropical climate, and is vulnerable to natural disasters.
Due to its isolated location in the South Pacific Ocean, as well as the fact that many of its islands are remote and hard to reach, Vanuatu is particularly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters.
In March 2015, Cyclone Pam battered the islands of Vanuatu, flattening isolated villages with heavy winds and rain. World Vision was among the first organizations to respond with emergency aid following the disaster.
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Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2014.
Facilitated access to health services through education of 10 communities, with a total of 2,084 beneficiaries
Ensured that 5,343 people had improved access to water, sanitation, and healthcare
Demonstrated to communities low-cost ways to add value to products
Worked with communities to build six early education centers, providing children in 34 villages with access to early childhood education
In 2014, World Vision’s efforts supported more than 16,600 people. Highlights of our work include:
For more than 30 years, World Vision has helped improve the lives of Vanuatu’s children and families, working in six provinces.
The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu won independence from France and the United Kingdom in 1980. The archipelago is spread over 80 islands, many of which are remote and difficult to reach, even in good weather. Vanuatu’s islands collectively make up a land area slightly larger than the U.S. state of Connecticut; they are comprised of mountainous terrain with some coastal plains. About 65 of Vanuatu’s 80 islands are inhabited.
Cyclone Pam, which struck in March 2015, is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters ever to strike Vanuatu. In its aftermath, World Vision concentrated relief distributions in Port Vila, the national capital, as well as affected areas on outlying islands.