Vanuatu Red Cross Society responds to Ambrym communities needs

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released over VT8,000,000 from its Disaster Response Emergency Fund to support the Vanuatu Red Cross Society to reach 1552 people, affected by the Ambrym earthquake.

“The Vanuatu Red Cross Society operation aims to assist affected communities with basic needs.” said Jacqueline De Gaillande, Chief Executive Officer.

Vanuatu Red Cross Society has begun mobilizing its emergency response-trained volunteers in Sanma, Malampa and the headquarters in Port Vila to distribute non-food Items and provide support to the evacuees.

The volunteers will also carry out assessments.

A Red Cross team composed of 25 staff and volunteers will be deployed in the East of Ambrym from 6 January to 13 January to assess 14 communities; Endu, Asse,  Sameou, Paamal, Toak, Barrias, Penapo, Maat,Vanen, Utas, Moru, Bethel, and Takiak.

These areas were affected by the earthquake activity that caused cracks in buildings and land in some areas especially in the South East area where roads, water supplies, buildings and gardens have been damaged.

The emergency funding will support 1552 people-350 households with tarpaulins, shelter tool kits, hygiene kits and other activities that will be implemented along with the distribution such as build back safer awareness, build emergency shelters, health and hygiene promotion awareness, and psychosocial awareness.

The VRCS response on the ground will get assistance from the Chiefs and Community Disaster Climate Change Committees (CDCCC).

IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network, comprising 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working to save lives and promote dignity around the world.


Photo supplied Caption: House damage on Ambrym


Tensly Sumbe