Vanuatu is growing increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters and extreme weather events as climate patterns intensify in the Pacific islands and the decentralised structure of its government creates obstacles to sufficiently preparing for and responding to such events. Act for Peace has worked with our country partners in Vanuatu to improve governance and service delivery through the churches, as well as assisting local communities to improve self-government and local problem solving to effectively prepare for natural disasters.
Act for Peace’s project partners in Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Christian Council and churches in Vanuatu have played an effective role in improving governance and service delivery at national and local levels. This has included strengthening governance, management and operations of the Vanuatu Christian Council, strengthening individual churches in Vanuatu, providing resourcing and support for the churches in Vanuatu to expand and improve development initiatives, and allowing for collaboration between churches.
Act for Peace has also been involved in a Disaster Risk Reduction project which has been rolled out in Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu. One of the goals of this program was to develop plans for extreme weather events in order to minimise destruction and loss of life, while simultaneously teaching villages how to plan for and find solutions to the issues that they face. This project encouraged village communities use community problem solving to take control of their situation by planning how to respond to a disaster, building on their existing capacities and developing a positive plan for the future that will help save lives. By increasing leadership in all sectors of society, including women and youth, communities will be able to deal with structural, economic and social barriers to development and help one another toward success.