Eratap Village Cyclone Pam Fund

$4,630 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 44 months
Eratap Village is around 20 minutes out of Port Vila, Vanuatu and was badly damaged in Cyclone Pam in March 2015.   They have had very little help from Aid Agencies so far and many buildings remain unrepaired.   The school was particularly badly damaged with one building beyond repair so children still do not have a classroom today.
My partner and I had visited Eratap Village in November 2014 and when my partner, Shane Hindman, heard about the devestation caused by Cyclone Pam he was keen to help.  He is donating his labour for free, but needs donations for materials!  100% of donations received by us will go to materials for the school and village (less any bank fees, only).   We will keep everyone updated with the progress and will formally report how the money is spent.   I have set up a Facebook page for "Eratap Village Cyclone Pam

When news hit  of Cyclone Pam, the only point of contact we knew of was the nearby Aquana Beach Resort which is a small Australian family run resort which employs over 50 villagers from Eratap.  Shane offered his volunteer labour to Aquana (which was also badly damaged) so they could get up and running as soon as possible so that the Eratap Villagers would again have some income.    Once Aquana was employing the villagers again, he could concentrate on what the village needed.
Aquana has  generously supported Shane  through his quest since, for which he is very grateful.
As a licensed contract carpenter his main aim is to teach the villagers how to repair their homes so that they can withstand another cyclone, as well as rebuild the school.
With help from Aquana, Shane and his "A Team" of villagers have now built new toilets for the school - the first time they have had water connected for flushing and hand washing.   Previously they had to fill a bucket of water outside to bring in each time and sewerage was running out onto the ground from a broken pipe in the old toilets.
Much more needs to be done though!
The kindergarten needs a new building - estimated $35,000.
Electric wiring at the school needs to be made safe - there are live wires running across the top of the ground!  Estimate $10,000
New Water tanks to the school to ensure adequate clean water for drinking, toilets and handwashing - Estimate $10,000
Two more toilets are needed -  Estimate $10,000
Replace Play equipment at the school which was all destroyed in the cyclone - Estimate $10,000
Upgrade the road to the village - which has had no maintenance since it was built in the 1960's and is  now impassable by most vehicles - even walking is difficult -
Miminum estimate $35,000
(The village was originally situated on an island in the lagoon near Aquana but was devestated in a cyclone around 1960.  The village was then moved to higher ground which is when the road was built, never to be touched again!)
Strengthening roofing on residences to withstand cyclones - Estimate -  $?! 
Villagers cannot afford drills and screws, so roofs are simply nailed on.  These lift quickly with strong winds and their homes are destroyed,
Shane has built up a wonderful relationship with the local villagers since March and they are really keen to learn as much as they can about building.
Your donation would be deeply appreciated by these beautiful people no matter how small  - to re-house those still without housing;  to strengthen their homes;  to rebuild the school;  to repair their access road so they are not isolated -  and to ensure their safety when the next Cyclone arrives.
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We have made it to $4,000! Thank you everyone for your contribution to Eratap - it will be greatly appreciated by the villagers. We are off to Vanuatu on Monday and Shane is going to use this money to do as much road repair as possible. It has become so badly damaged that this project has had to be pushed forward. So the villagers have access, Shane is going to concrete one lane for as far as the money will go through the worst part.
We have had a very kind donation of an Antique Governor's Pony Cart (thanks to Abe Mehmet) which is being auctioned through Millpond Farm Auctions. If you know of anyone who might be interested in antique carts please tell them about this. Their website is I have attached a photo.
Antique Irish Governors Pony Cart
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A heartfelt thank you to all those who have donated so far.
Shane has now returned to Australia after spending 6 of the last 8 months helping out in Vanuata after Cyclone Pam. The new toilets at Eratap Village School have been completed. Again, a big thanks to Shane's mate, Mark Dryden from Kangaroo Valley for coming over and donating his time to do all the plumbing.
Water is a problem at the moment though as they have been experiencing unusually dry weather. With no rain, the water tanks are empty and Shane has been paying for water out of his own pocket to make sure the kids have a high level of sanitation. Organising another water storage tank for them is now high on the agenda.
What is most important now for the village is to work on the road up to the village, which has deteriorated substantially in the last few months - and it was already abysmal before that! Shane is currently assessing the cost and we will be working hard to raise the funds for this first small project under gofundme - hopefully by mid January when he is returning to Vanuatu. More updates on this next week.
Shane & Mark Dryden with the Eratap boys
Completed toilets
Road before deterioration!
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Thanks so much to everyone who has donated to Eratap Village Cyclone Fund - it is so appreciated! Here is a photo of the new toilets at the school which are almost completed. The school has 350 kids (and could have more if they had room) with toilets that were only functional if a bucket of water was fetched before using the loo. Raw sewerage was pouring out onto the ground from a broken pipe behind the toilets. Shane has built 4 new toilets, with a separate teacher's toilet for the first time, as well as replace the cisterns in the old toilets and connected water to the lot. Thanks to the help from Aquana Beach Resort who helped with materials, and Shane's mate Mark Dryden from Dryden Plumbing in Kangaroo Valley NSW who flew over to donate his time to do the plumbing. Check out the lovely photo of a little girl washing her hands in a basin for the first time, and the young girls carrying a bucket of water into the toilets before the new toilets were finished.
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$4,630 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 44 months
Created October 5, 2015
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Peter Bernard
17 months ago
Jon and Jane Rolfe
41 months ago

The whole family loves staying at Aquana and the staff are so friendly. Our kids love the nannies! In appreciation for making our holidays so enjoyable.

41 months ago
Shane Hindman
42 months ago

This is a cash donation from a friend with a big thanks.

Shane Hindman
42 months ago
Mark Shaw
42 months ago

Shane, it was great to see the progress you've made with the team in Eratap in a short period of time and hearing about your future plans. We wish you every success in your continuing work and will hopefully see you again next year.

Abe Mehmet
42 months ago

Great job Shane. Thank God there are people like you in this world.

Colin McKenzie
42 months ago
Kathryn McCormack
43 months ago
Melissa Manning
43 months ago
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