Help Save Children in Vanuatu

Although Vanuatu is a popular tourist destination, much of the country remains underdeveloped due to the remoteness of many communities. Rural populations have little access to essential services such as health, education, justice and protection. Adding to the complexity, the population of nearly 283,000 people speaks more than 100 local dialects.

The Challenges for Children in Vanuatu

Facing extreme poverty, malnutrition and a lack of access to education – the children of Vanuatu need your help.*

  • 84% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 16% of school-age children are out of school
  • 28 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 15% of children are engaged in child labor
Map of Vanuatu

Our Work for Children in Vanuatu

There’s a very high percentage of children and young people in Vanuatu. This places pressure on communities and adults and exposes children to family breakdowns, violence, abuse and neglect. It also results in a large number of unemployed youth who often turn to crime or bad behavior such as drinking and taking drugs. Vanuatu is also susceptible to natural disasters because it is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Floods and cyclones also pose a threat to communities.

Save the Children is currently running an Early Childhood Education program in partnership with the Ministry of Education to improve education opportunities for children living in remote communities. The program includes teacher training, curriculum development and the construction of kindergartens.

  • Protected 1,014 children from harm
  • Supported 4,352 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 6,452 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 2,312 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Vanuatu

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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