Rebuilding Vanuatu Schools - SHaRM
With roofs gone, no drinking water, no power, no food, roads blocked and/or completely demolished, bridges down and fallen trees everywhere, people need assistance to get back to their daily life where children go to school, parents go to work and there is a dry place for them all to eat and sleep.
The challenge for the Ni Vanuatu citizens is that they don’t have the money to rebuild their nation. Insurance? Forget it. Apart from being provided temporary subsistence aid from international Aid agencies, they are virtually being forced to fend for themselves.
After the cyclone, I flew to Vanuatu as did Robin Culph (a fellow Australian-expat with the same passion and love for the Vanuatu people) and in conjunction with Stephanie Neilson (originally from New Zealand who has called Vanuatu home for over a decade), we have joined forces to see what we can do to help this ravaged country recover.
Whilst the major Aid agencies such as Red Cross are doing a great job in providing short term relief in the form of food, clean water and temporary housing, we found that little was being done to take the all-important next step of rebuilding the infrastructure that the locals so desperately need to help them rebuild their lives.
To date some of the more important infrastructure projects that we have decided to get involved in are:
• Rebuilding the local Mele Maat village kindergarten, so the kids can get back on track with their daily routines. Government funding for rebuilding this kinder is not available and it schools up to 30 children a day. Estimated cost AUD$4,000.
• Distributing tarpaulins and mosquito nets and assisting with building materials necessary to rebuild damage structures in Mele and Mele Maat villages. Estimated cost AUD$7,000.
We’re doing everything we can on the ground in Vanuatu to help these brave people rebuild but we need your financial assistance to do what needs to be done.
PLEASE DONATE TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF VANUATU REBUILD
Please donate money now to help us rebuild this vital infrastructure of Vanuatu.
Every bit helps –even a donation of $25 will make a difference - your daily coffee money for a week!
And you can have the peace of mind that the admin fee charged by ‘Go Fund Me” (the site processing your donation) is only 5%.
This means, 95% of your donation will do directly to helping the citizens of Vanuatu rebuild.
So please open your hearts to the people of Vanuatu and donate now.
Thank you so much for your support
Helen Collier-Kogtevs, Robin Culph and Stephanie Neilson
P.s. Have you booked your next holiday?
It would be great if you travel to Vanuatu for your next holiday as tourism is their major industry that employs so many Ni Vanuatu people. This will help this small economy recover sooner from the devastating effects of cyclone Pam.
SHaRM Foundation and our co-donor Rotary Wellington Point, Queensland have been able to provide Takara Primary School with a new two classroom building three years in since Cyclone PAM but we are unable to fund desks and chairs for these students.
We are calling on DONOR SUPPORT now to buy a desk or a chair or both to provide a fully equipped school room once our reroofing of the old building is completed over the next three weeks.
HELP FURNISH THESE CLASSROOMS...
SPONSOR one school desk ...AUD50.00
SPONSOR one school chair ...AUD50.00
SPONSOR one desk & chair .. AUD100.00
For your sponsorship, we will add your name to the desk or chair as a thank you for your support to this North Efate School.
We require now 100 school chairs and desks.
If more than 100 chairs and desks are sponsored ... then those additional sponsorships will be allocated to SHaRM's next project on Maewo Island starting towards the end of February 2018. For this project we will also need 50 chairs and tables.
Thank you to all for your support and donations as these kids now have their school back better than before.
The new roof is up and an awning is being added to the building.
There are new plaster boards going up shortly before the whole building receives a coat of paint! :)
We are working on additional fundraising to help with the cost of putting in an extra toilet block for this school.
I shall update you again when there is more progress.
I've just read with interest your invitation in Daily post this month, July 2016. I would like to thank you for your devoted heart gave to our kindy school. Since, government can't afford to help the kindy skull. Just added that A KINDY FROM MALEKULA NAMED : AUBERGE KINDY GARDEN IS NOW CALLED UPON YOU TO HELP THEM WITH STATIONNARY AND UNIFORMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN CONTACT US ON 5623845.
Thanks Jerome and to everyone else who has donated. The Mele Maat kindergarten is well on its way to being completed. I can't wait to share the journey with you all. Hx