Vanuatu is considered to be one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural hazards (according to “Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery”). Comprised of over 80 islands, the country is located on the earthquake-prone “ring of fire” and sits at the center of the Pacific cyclone belt. These hazards result in a high frequency of volcanic eruptions, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, coastal flooding, and landslides. In addition, the country is already experiencing the impacts of climate change. Sea level rise and the increased intensity of extreme events have led to changes in agricultural productivity and water availability.
Kiwilink is currently helping in the Ambae Disaster Relief and Relocation program where people were relocated from Ambae to neighbouring Maewo as a result of the Manaro volcano eruption in July 2018.
Part of this work is to relocate the Londua Technical Training Centre from Ambae to amalgamate with the Bombua Primary School on the island of Santo. For the primary, the local government has given the ok to go ahead and government paid teachers have been posted to the school. However, as with everything else, no funding support has been provided as yet towards school materials or classrooms, therefore the community have to work towards making the school as best as possible for classes to start. CCCV with the assistance of Kiwilink has been able to assist with school materials for the classes to kick start.