You have no doubt heard about the great damage caused in our near neighbour Vanuatu and surrounding Islands by Cyclone Pam during the past week. We have in the past undertaken clean water projects in Vanuatu , providing water tanks and so forth.
Major Aid organisations are already on the ground providing immediate relief, however the ongoing job of replacing Water Systems will be a necessity in the wake of the cyclone.
Thanks to your support we plan to send
I have spoken with Bishop Baremes, Bishop of Port Vila, to discuss their immediate and ongoing needs. In addition to the $50,000 that we had already allocated from Clean Water donation we have received to date a further
If you know anyone who would like to provide additional contributions, they can make a donation through the online donations page
and select "Clean Water" and "Central Pacific".
Or, if making a donation by mail, simply write on the donation slip that it is for "Cyclone Pam Recovery".
Many thanks again for your ongoing support.
Fr Adrian Meaney msc
The Bishop has been sending regular updates. Here is a copy of the email that he sent on 3rd March 2016:
We received the statement from the ANZ Bank before yesterday (10th December 2015 to 24th February 2016) with the amount of VT 3, 973,514 entered on the 24th of February, 2016.
I am still waiting for Frs Laurent and Antoine to send me stories and photos. Fr Antoine is preparing stories and photos of where tanks are and Fr. Laurent is doing the same at Lowanatom. They have promised me that they are working on them.
On the Island of Ambae it is very difficult to get photos but the tanks are there already. Communications with that part of the island of Ambae is very frustrating. When the people from that area want to make calls here, they have to walk up the mountain to a spot where they get the signal and then they can call us. Calling them from Port Vila for information is difficult and is frustrating for me.
I thank you again for the help and I am hoping we can send some news as they arrive at our office
Mgr Jean-Bosco Baremes
Evêque de Port-Vila