Help get emergency relief to those affected by Cyclone Pam

Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on the 6th of March, causing widespread devastation and loss of life in what is considered one of the worst cyclones ever seen in the Pacific region. Up to 90 per cent of housing in Vanuatu’s capital is reported to have been seriously damaged by Cyclone Pam. A total of 15–16 people lost their lives either directly or indirectly as a result of Pam with many others injured.

In Vanuatu, three out of four people rely on farming and fishing to feed their families. Cyclone Pam has destroyed their crops and homes and left hunger, homelessness and the risk of disease in its wake.

Oxfam teams have been responding to the crisis. They have a team on the ground and more humanitarian response experts attempting to travel there.

Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Mr Collett van Rooyen, has said that immediate priorities in Vanuatu would be to provide shelter, clean water and sanitation to people, especially those left homeless. Temporary toilets, water purification tablets, soap and water containers would all be vital.

“With more than 250,000 people at risk from the severe tropical cyclone there is real concern of a potentially high death toll and of enormous destruction, particularly given the traditional housing that is so prevalent through the islands. The highly populated island of Efate, which includes the Vanuatu capital Port Vila, was directly in the path of the cyclone, as were a number of outer islands.” – Oxfam

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

You can help

“Over the next weeks, it will be crucial for us all to do what we can to support the government and people of Vanuatu to identity solutions, including on food and shelter, and to rebuild.” – Oxfam

You can support Oxfam’s response to humanitarian crises by donating to the Cyclone Pam Appeal:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/cyclone-pam-in-vanuatu/

 

 

 

 

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