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13 Apr 2015   |   Blog   |   Vanuatu   |   Emergency Relief

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Tarpaulin recipient

Stephanie Lalor, our Manager of Pacific Programs, has just returned from Vanuatu, where she was helping coordinate Caritas’s relief efforts in the wake of tropical cyclone Pam. Here she reports on one family that left a lasting impression on her.

A lasting memory from my visit was meeting a family who lost a large part of their house and their belongings. As the cyclone bore down on their home, the family had to shelter in the bathroom, putting their baby in the cupboard to try and keep it safe from the rain and wind.

A few days later, we returned with a tarpaulin to keep the weather out of what was left of their house.

I was quite taken aback when the older man kissed me on the forehead and said “you came back!” 

The family explained that many agencies had come to talk to them, but that no one had returned to offer assistance. He was just so delighted that he hadn’t been forgotten.

For me, this showed how important our support will be over the coming months and years as Vanuatu recovers. We are in this for the long term, and will keep coming back and working with our partner, the Diocese of Port Vila, until communities have rebuilt their lives.

With the help of our supporters, Caritas Australia is part of the Caritas network's global emergency response following super cyclone Pam. read more via the link below, or in teh video below, listen to Stephanie's report from Vanuatu not long after she landed.

 About our Cyclone Pam response

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