Vanuatu has suffered major devastation as not one but two cyclones make landfall wthin three days.
Cyclone Judy followed closely by cyclone Kevin
1 & 4 March 2023
have been helping the people of Vanuatu since 2010.
In response to the twin cyclones that made landfall in March 2023,
we are focusing our help on the remote island of Futuna in south Vanuatu.
Futuna lies in the south easternmost part of the country in the Tafea province and has a population of around 627 people.
The people of Futuna are facing total devastation after cyclones Judy followed by cyclone Kevin made landfall.
Most families lost their houses and their gardens have been destroyed, they are struggling to find food to put on the table.
The people of Futuna live a subsistence lifestyle. They do not have money to purchase food, materials or resources.
Vanuatu is totally reliant on aid from the NGO's both National and International, Vanuatu Government and other International Governments
We ask that you take a moment to think about losing everything:
You have no resources to rebuild your home, your garden is flattened and you have no food to put on the table, you have lost your roof which was your catchment for water. You have no money!
Pacific Pathways are asking for your help so we can help the people of Futuna recover and start rebuilding after these devastating events.
We have set up a fundraiser page on the ‘Give A Little’ platform to raise funds, so we can help the people of Futuna.
Thanking you in advance, your support & help is great appreciate.
"Give a Little"
Please can you help the people of Futuna Island
Pacific Pathways helping with the recovery & rebuild after cyclone Harold
Pacific Pathways helping with the recovery & rebuild after cyclone Pam
The founders of Pacific Pathways, Sue & David Mitchell, live on Aore Island, near Santo, and experienced the category 5 cyclone Harold first-hand as the eye of the cyclone tracked over Aore.
'We woke to total devastation and witnessed the communities struggling to come to terms with the devastation surrounding them.
Their houses & gardens destroyed and wondering how they would manage to put food on the table.'
We realised the need for help was at the village level, so we set up an initiative to help the ‘Families First’.
This initiative was set up to help the 200 families living on Aore and focused on their immediate needs, livelihoods and agricultural humanitarian needs,
to help restore food security, dignity & quality of life.
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On the 13th of March 2015
Cyclone Pam a category 5, caused major damage and devastation across Vanuatu. At this time, we were in NZ and were in fact packing a container bound for Vanuatu.
We continued to receive donations of school resources and building materials and managed to fill x 3 containers.
Pacific Pathways recognised that the smaller outer island were in need of assistance. We met with the Ministry of Education and proposed to help Paama Island a small island in Malampa Province. We were based on Paama for 3 years living with the communities as we worked together on our cyclone recovery & rebuilding projects. Where we rebuilt a primary school, 5 kindy's and 3 evacuation centres.
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Pacific Pathways have been helping schools & kindy's (Bislama for preschool)
in Vanuatu since 2010.
1) RECYCLE - RELOCATE - RE-USE with a RENEWED purpose
What started as a small gesture of taking some books to help a school in Vanuatu has developed into a major initiative relocating school resources no longer required in schools around New Zealand and giving them a renewed purpose helping schools and preschools in Vanuatu.
In 2022 we shipped our 12th container of donated schools furniture and resources.
2) BUILD community kindy's
We continue to help build community kindy's in Vanuatu.
Kindergarten ( kindy in Bislama), preschool for years 4 & 5 are the responsibility of the community. This is often difficult financially, so most kindy's in the smaller remote communities and outer islands are made with local timbers and materials.
They have a short lifespan and they do not stand up to cyclone's.
Our kindy project in 2017 was on Aore Island (just off Santo)
The community had actively managed to raise half the amount needed to build a kindy accordingly to the specifications of the Ministry of Education in Vanuatu. Pacific Pathways helped to raise the balance for this project.
The most fun part of the build was the painting the outside of the kindy.
This was done by the community and it looks great.
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