As the extent of the damage from Cyclones Judy and Kevin become clearer,CARE is delivering much-needed supplies to cyclone-battered communities in Vanuatu, with a particular focus on women and girls.
History of CARE International’s work in Vanuatu
Vanuatu, which consists of more than 80 islands, faces ever-present threats of the climate emergency and social inequality. Three-quarters of Vanuatu’s population lives in rural areas, and many lack access to clean water sources, basic sanitation, and essential health services.
Families are also vulnerable to natural disasters that are increasingly common in the Pacific region. Despite a growing economy, income opportunities are often limited, particularly for women. Women and girls face threats of violence, and women are very under-represented in community, provincial, and national decision making.
CARE International has been present in Vanuatu since 2008, working with communities to build resilience to disasters and climate shocks and increase women and girls’ involvement in community and national leadership. We help communities prepare for emergencies, such as Cyclone Pam in 2015.
What CARE International does in Vanuatu
CARE International’s work in Vanuatu focuses on: