The Church Agencies Network Disaster Operation (CAN DO) have welcomed the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) announcement of an additional $750,000 in funding for over 10,000 people displaced by volcanic activity on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island.
The entire population of Ambae Island was evacuated last month when the Manaro volcano threatened to erupt, with residents taken to shelters on neighbouring islands.
The Vanuatu Government has now facilitated the return of those evacuated back to their villages, as the volcano appears to have stabilised.
The latest funding, via the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP), brings Australia’s total humanitarian assistance package to Vanuatu to nearly AUD3 million.
The CAN DO consortium will utilise $350,000 DFAT funding to invest in community leadership, building resilience and cohesion. CAN DO will also provide practical support to families especially in the protection of women, children and the most vulnerable affected by the crisis. It will do this through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), in partnership with Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA), both of whom are CAN DO members. World Vision will also provide technical support on the project.
“The DFAT funds will make a life-changing difference to people in Ambae,” Anna Downing, Capacity Development Manager, ADRA Vanuatu said.
“ADRA is proud to lead the CAN DO response and work with the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) in delivering this response in Vanuatu.”