YOUR NOVEMBER peace mail from VANUATU
My name is Marie and I am a proud member of the Church of Christ here in Vanuatu. I am writing to thank you for helping us prepare for cyclones and other disasters that affect our communities each year including volcanic ash fall, flooding, droughts and earthquakes.
Act for Peace
Thanks to your kind support, I have been trained as one of twelve “Church Champions,” - a group that helps people living in our villages to prepare for and recover from natural disaster.
Like so many others, I didn’t know much about how to prepare for or how to respond after a disaster had hit. The Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC), Act for Peace’s partner here, enabled me to participate in a training course.
As a Church Champion, I have passed on my training knowledge to my community. The training taught me how to secure houses, cover and protect the water supplies and bring food crops in from the garden for safe storage in the house. After Cyclone Pam, clean water and food supplies were hard to come by. Now we will have clean food and water supplies during and after a disaster, like Cyclone Pam.
I am also part of the Disaster Committee for the local area. There are 27 Disaster Committees across our Province in Vanuatu. Committees are made up of local men and women who volunteer their time to make plans for responding to a natural disaster. We run training and simulation exercises so we can be ready to help the vulnerable when disaster strikes.
At first when we were learning about these precautions, we didn’t think they were important. But now, thanks to the workshops and training we’ve received, we know that they can make the difference between life and death.
Thank you for helping us prepare our communities before the monsoon and cyclone season starts.
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Please give generously to continue our life-saving work here or find out about how you can become an Act for Peace Changemaker.
Act for Peace works in partnership with the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) on a Disaster Risk Reduction program to create safer, more resilient Pacific Island communities. Many villages are cut off from government assistance when disaster hits.
The work you are supporting in Vanuatu enables communities is to set up Disaster Committees and Church Champions who are members of the local community and can organise people and resources quickly in the event of a disaster.
Geoff Robinson, Act for Peace’s Disaster Risk Resilience Manager in Vanuatu explains: “We’ve had feedback from the communities themselves saying ‘Thank you, we know what to do because of the preparedness, planning and training that we’ve had.’”
Your support in funding the program internationally and for Australians participating in the three month placement is vital in keeping this important work going. Thank you for your ongoing support of this work.
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