Save the Children Aid Reaches Families in Cyclone Devastated Vanuatu

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (March 16, 2015) — Save the Children has started relief distributions to families affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

In the last few hours 1,800 people sheltering in evacuation centres have received vital aid packages that include hygiene kits, food and water. This is just the start of a much larger and broader humanitarian relief operation being mounted by Save the Children.

Save the Children's Tom Skirrow in Vanuatu said, “It will take many weeks for us to reach many thousands of people with aid packages in Vanuatu. However today 1,800 people sheltering in evacuation centres received aid from Save the Children."

As you can imagine, many children and families are extremely vulnerable right now, many have lost their homes and livelihoods. It is very important that we provide as much support as possible to people who find themselves homeless. That has started today with the basics like food and water."

Save the Children is coordinating its aid effort with the Government of Vanuatu and other aid agencies to ensure that the most vulnerable and the most in need are reached with relief supplies as quickly as possible.

How to Help

Save the Children is currently responding to emergencies in Syria, South Sudan, Liberia and other countries affected by disasters – both natural and man-made. These are the emergencies that you hear about and see on the news. You can also help Save the Children respond to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, as well as other emergencies such as tornadoes in the American heartland, hurricanes in Central America, droughts in Africa, earthquakes in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and other catastrophes around the world. When disaster strikes, chaos reigns and it is not always immediately clear what help will be needed or how much, and for how long. Many of the emergencies occur and are not covered by the media, yet people’s lives are seriously impacted, and our response can make a significant difference in helping the children and families get back on their feet. By contributing to our Cyclone Pam Children's Relief Fund, you will enable us to immediately serve children through disaster planning, preparedness, response and recovery work around the world.

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