Vanuatu has declared a State of Emergency over an erupting volcano on the island of Ambae. There are about 11,000 people who are being evacuated to nearby islands.
80% being relocated to Santo
Luganville on Santo Island is receiving huge numbers of evacuees who are arriving with very little. Approx. 8800 people(80%) are expected to arrive in Santo by the end of the week. The Santo community is doing their best to welcome the evacuees and assist them with food, water and shelter but the pressure is immense.
Aid is slow in arriving in Luganville
While aid and assistance is promised it is slow in arriving. Public spaces such as schools and churches are being opened for the evacuees and Santo families are also opening their private homes and villages to help out the displaced Ambae families but there are not enough resources or shelter to cope with the number of people arriving.
Santo under immense pressure
The Ambae residents being evacuated and the Santo communities helping them need help with basics like food, water, shelter and facilities for sanitation for the huge increase in population.
This is a crisis situation for everyone. The Ambae families who have had to flee their homes need help and the community in Santo who are tasked with caring for them without aid or assistance arriving yet need our help.
Partnering with Leweton Cultural Experience
I am partnering with Sandy Sur and Leweton Cultural Experience who are based in Santo to raise awareness and fundraise to assist the families being evacuated from Ambae and also help the community in Santo who are doing their best to offer them a safe haven during this difficult time. Please help us.
- Louise Coutts
- Robyn Tait Watego
- Louise Coutts
- Paula Viti
- Bowen Community
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