Two mamas from Ambae were the most happiest one on the day the received Rifil cards free of charge from Vanuatu Red Cross.
For the first time as part of its disaster response, Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS) has implemented a “Phone credit transfer” program targeting families from Ambae who have moved to Maewo and Santo as a result of the ongoing volcanic eruption.
In the month of July 2018, during its distributions of non-food items on Ambae prior to the mass evacuation, the VRCS team collected phone numbers of several households.
The purpose of this program is to provide phone cards or direct top up valued at 1000 vatu for each household to stay connected with their families during this time of disaster. Families had the option to receive the 1000vt credit to one phone or to split between two phones – for example, 500vt for the father and 500vt for the mother.