Help Vulnerable Communities Fight Climate Change Now
Over 9.2 million people in the Pacific have been affected by extreme climate events in the last 50 years.
The climate crisis has devastated many vulnerable communities, with almost 10,000 reported deaths and damages costing AU$4.2 billion.
The Solomon Islands are prone to natural disasters like cyclones, which can cause widespread destruction and havoc.
When a landslide and cyclone hit Shaniella’s school in quick succession, it destroyed their water supply system and the vegetable garden that they rely on for food.
With the support of people like you, Caritas Australia Solomon Islands (CASI) was able to help the school to install eight water tanks. This restored students’ access to clean drinking water and the tanks also supply water to nearby schools, health centres and the wider community.
To ensure that the school is better prepared to respond to future disasters, CASI ran Disaster Risk Reduction training workshops, raising awareness about evacuation procedures and how to respond during an emergency.
Your support today can help fund programs like these to mitigate the disastrous side effects of our changing environment and support vulnerable communities to become resilient to climate change.
“I was in school that time when the landslide occurred. I was devastated because I had no knowledge of what to do and where to get information. I saw students in the school panic, I could hear people’s screaming, crying and shouting, as if the world is going to end. It was a bad experience for me, especially because I am here, leaving my family at home in another island.”
Empower communities to fight climate change
The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term assistance to communities affected by climate change through Caritas Australia’s local partners. Where this is not possible, the funds will be used to respond to ongoing development needs across all our regions.