HOW TO DONATE
To make a tax deductible donation via APHEDA – Union Aid Abroad, call 1800888674 or DONATE ONLINE by going to “Make a Donation” and specify Vanuatu Appeal under C “one off donations and appeals”. AWSA will arrange with APHEDA to send the money to the Sahrawi Red Crescent.
VANUATU SUPPORT OUR APPEAL
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is holding an appeal to assist our local partners working with communities affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
So far APHEDA has raised over $100,000 towards assisting the medium-term recovery effort to re-build homes and get access to clean water supplies at the household/community level. We will also be assisting households to re-establish crops and small scale food production.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s Pacific Officer made the journey to Vanuatu in April to meet with partner organisations and see the impacts of Cyclone Pam on workers and communities. Read the report here: Vanuatu Report Back: Recovering from Cyclone Pam
Watch the MUA Video:
“Most of these people depend mainly on subsistence farming, so they lost most of their crops and some of them especially in rural areas … might lose income. So the priority is how they can resume back to their normal life and how they can sustain their life and maintain food security in those communities.” — Peter Korisa, Operations Manager, Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office.
On March 14, Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu causing widespread destruction displacing 70% of the population and destroying 90% of all buildings. One of the largest cyclones to ever hit the Pacific, Cyclone Pam has also displaced 45% of the population in Tuvalu and caused destruction in Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.
80% of Vanuatu’s population depend on agriculture and fisheries for their livelihoods. The cyclone has had a severe impact on these livelihoods:
- Root crops, which make up 80% of local food source and are the staple food, have been severely damaged.
- There has been total destruction of leafy vegetables (high in protein content).
- Extensive loss of planting materials and farming tools.
- Significant damage to fishing boats and implements (nets and engines).
- Small livestock – primarily pigs – will suffer a critical shortage of livestock feed (coconuts, grasses and shrubs).
- Extensive damage to coral reefs will impact on fisheries and acquaculture for up to 10 – 15 years.
Once the initial emergency has passed, farmers and fishers will need help to replant their gardens and orchards, replace their lost seed stocks, and re-establish aquaculture production.
Globally droughts, floods, storms or tsunamis cost agriculture $70 billion over 10 years between 2003-2013. Climate change will increase the frequency and severity of these events – with long-term impacts on people’s livelihoods.
Tax deductible donations can be made online at: apheda.org.au or call 1800888674.