Vanuatu disaster Relief
Simon, his wife Lomail, and their son Cassery live in the small village on the island of Ambrym, Vanuatu. Simon was one of the few people in his community who lived in a house made of concrete. Despite this, his home was not secure enough to withstand the devastating 250km/hr winds that Cyclone Pam unleashed on this small island and the rest of Vanuatu last year.
The cyclone left Simon with virtually nothing and his family had no choice but to live in a makeshift shelter of tarpaulin with temporary walls from the remnants of their old house. With the help of Habitat, however Simon received a shelter kit with wood, zinc sheet for roofing, timber for columns and beams and cyclone straps. Simon’s community also received a set of tools from Habitat that families in the community can borrow. The borrowing of tools operates like a toy library where community members can request use of a set of repair and construction tools. The rules for use of the tools are discussed and agreed by the community.
Habitat Australia will use Bartercard funding to provide accommodation for the technical program staff from our Fiji office, and for materials in our repair kits and house rebuilds which will take place over the months ahead.