Vanuatu was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Pam on 14th March, a category five cyclone which caused massive damage across the island nation. More than 80% of homes and buildings are estimated to be damaged or destroyed. There is huge need to support the tens of thousands of people affected by this disaster and agencies have begun providing medical aid, clean water and food. There is also a desperate requirement for temporary shelter, before repairs and rebuilding of homes can commence. Shelter needs are predicted to be high, as early assessment indicates damage to housing is severe.
In response to the destruction in Vanuatu, the One Light Charity Foundation and Bartercard Australia have partnered with Habitat for Humanity, a global not for profit organization focused on assisting marginalized communities in raising much needed funds for disaster response operations.
Bartercard Australia has nine existing members in Vanuatu in the tourism sector as well as several others held within franchise territories and accordingly has a strong motivation for being involved with this relief effort.
To minimize the administration for Habitat for Humanity, the One Light Charity Foundation is acting as a conduit to receive trade dollar and cash donations. At the completion of the appeal Habitat for Humanity will lodge a grant application to the Foundation for the total of all donations received. It is anticipated that Habitat for Humanity will use the grant to purchase emergency shelter assistance that include tarpaulins, tools to erect a basic shelter or to do basic repairs, sanitation kits, water containers, decontamination tablets and accommodation for aid workers. Based on funding availability, a longer-term response will follow with housing solutions, ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.
Gold Coast Project For Homeless Youth
The Foundation is currently raising funds to support the Gold Coast Project For Homeless Youth who are in the process of building a 7 bedroom home at 31 Olsen Avenue Labrador, which will be used as a crisis centre for teenagers between 16-18 who find themselves without a roof over their heads.
The home is being built by Villaworld and the One Light Charity Foundation will be helping to provide the fitout such as curtains, carpet, furniture etc.
The aim of the project is to break the cycle of homelessness and to encourage young people to reach their full potential by providing quality services in a safe and supportive environment. They currently do this by providing 19 beds at 3 different locations on the Gold Coast and the new home at Labrador will go a long way towards increasing capacity as sadly the demand is there for affected youths.