Vanuatu’s population is scattered throughout dozens of islands, making the provision of healthcare and social services difficult. These problems are compounded by frequent earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis.
Why do we work in Vanuatu?
With an economy almost entirely based on tourism and subsistence agriculture, Vanuatu is one of the world's least developed countries. It ranks 175th out of 228 countries in terms of GDP per capita. Although Vanuatu has almost universal primary school enrolment, just 20 percent of the population progresses to secondary school.
One in ten people in Vanuatu still don't have access to water that is guaranteed to be safe to drink.
Our work in Vanuatu
We are working with two local partners on ensuring water security and helping communities respond to natural disasters.
- In 2010/11 a water security project was completed in Port Olry to ensure safe drinking water to the community.
- A disaster risk management program is targetting early childhood educators, so in the event of an emergency, school kids know what to do and parents acknowledge and support school emergency plans. For more, see the featured program below.