OCTOBER 8, 2020 | 9:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Cyclone Harold was the second-strongest tropical cyclone to ever affect Vanuatu and destroyed approximately 50-70% of buildings in the city earlier this year.
Today tin roofing has reached the community of Zion in Vanuatu after the long journey up a mountain. Fifty-eight houses now have the supplies needed to rebuild their homes.
We’re so thankful for your partnership and support.
AUGUST 19, 2020 | 11:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — The local team purchased the tin roofing which they will soon transport to the village. Locals with transport the materials 8 hours up a mountain and cross a river 32 times before they reach Zion.
AUGUST 5, 2020 | 8:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Many of the Zion locals have rebuilt the structures of their homes using local materials after Cyclone Harold devastated Vanuatu and surrounding countries.
JUNE 5, 2020 | 12:40 P.M.
SYDNEY — The first phase of immediate food relief is complete. We served more than 1,000 families on several different islands with emergency food and hygiene kits.
The second phase of the response involves providing roofing to assist in rebuilding homes. A shipping container with roofing materials is en route and should be arriving in Vanuatu by the end of June. Once the materials arrive, the team will begin working on distributing the roofing sheets and will help in the rebuilding process.
- Family Food Kits distributed: 1,200
- Meals distributed: 84,000
- Hygiene kits distributed: 6,000
- Families served: 1,200
- Individuals served: 6,000
- Communities served: 4
MAY 31, 2020 | 1:00 P.M.
SYDNEY — Convoy of Hope is responding again to storm damage that occurred on April 4th as Cyclone Harold hit Vanuatu as a Category 5 severe tropical cyclone. According to the Washington Post, the storm brought rain gusts above 250 km/ and 250–450 mm of rain. The islands most affected were Malakula, Santo and Pentecost.
President Tatamat Seth, A pastor at Innerlife-Church in Vanuatu, stated that “In Zion, only two houses were able to stand and that’s where the people in Zion hid from until the wind dropped down.”
Communities were devastated and are now on the path to rebuilding. These hardest-hit areas are also some of the most difficult to reach. Any supplies will need to be carried 8 hours up a mountain and cross a river 32 times before they reach Zion.
After our Australian team met with a local Vanuatu team, we are raising funds for tin roofing sheets to the communities affected by Harold. Fifty-eight houses in Zion need rebuilding. To partner with the locals in rebuilding their community, it will take approximately ten tin sheets or $400 AUD per home.
MAY 29, 2020 | 8:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — The immediate relief phase of providing emergency food and supplies to families is completed. Rebuilding prioritised homes will begin shortly.
MAY 15, 2020 | 12:34 P.M.
SYDNEY — Teams in Vanuatu purchased 1,200 bags of rice and 155 cartons of mackerel to create family food kits. They also purchased 6,000 bars of soap to create hygiene kits. Teams packed kits and placed them on boats headed for Melakula and Pentecost. The team on the ground began distributions on the island of Malo and will continue the distributions on the west and south coast of Santo throughout this week. The team will fly out to Pentecost next week to meet the boat full of supplies in order to begin distributions there and in the surrounding areas.
- Family food kits distributed: 200
- Meals distributed: 14,000
- Hygiene kits distributed: 1,000
- Families served: 200
- Individuals served: 1,000
APRIL 24, 2020 | 11:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold caused widespread destruction in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tonga in early April as it made landfall in Vanuatu on the island of Espiritu Santo.
Harold was the second-strongest tropical cyclone to ever affect Vanuatu. Approximately 50-70% of buildings in the city were damaged and half of the homes suffered significant damage. Shacks along the coast of Espiritu Santo were completely demolished, with some more developed homes unroofed and their walls ripped off or collapsed in.
No building or structure was left unscathed in many communities on Malo Island. More extreme damage was reported in Pentecost, where the storm made its second landfall near peak intensity. Entire villages were reportedly destroyed.
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