Caritas worker in Vanuatu impressed by people’s resilience

What struck me most about the situation was the resilience of the people”, says Mark Mitchell.

Mitchell is the Humanitarian Programmes Coordinator for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.

“Despite all they have gone through they are simply getting on with the business of rebuilding their homes and livelihoods.”

Mitchell has been in Vanuatu, as part of emergency relief efforts to get food and shelter to those most in need.

He has seen the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam firsthand.

After a short break with his family in Wellington at Easter, he will be returning to Vanuatu to continue his work.

Mitchell said that coordination of the response was going well.

The Caritas team are distributing 2,500 tarpaulins.

These tarpaulins provide temporary shelter for those worst affected by the cyclone while they begin the process of rebuilding.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is appealing for donations to the Pacific Cyclone Relief fund.

The fund will be used to respond to immediate needs and help affected communities in Vanuatu rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

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