Category 5 Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu late on Friday, March 13, and moved over the island group through Saturday, March 14, leaving severe destruction in its path. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with Anglican Board of Mission-Australia and the Anglican Alliance on a coordinated response to the suffering and damage from Cyclone Pam.
The loss of crops and livestock is a great concern to these communities that are used to being self-sufficient, since it is a challenge to travel between islands during normal times and it will only be more difficult with what we anticipate is severe damage to docks and roads. Disaster recovery that integrates risk reduction and resilience will be vitally important in ensuring the long-term security of these communities.
Episcopal Relief & Development offers prayer resources for solidarity with those who are responding to and recovering from disaster. To support disaster response where it is most needed, please donate to the Disaster Response Fund online or on Sunday here at All Saints Church at the Action Table on the lawn.
For more info on the Vanuatu Cyclone disaster, visit the Episcopal Relief & Development website … and give thanks for their work and witness in making God’s love tangible to the most vulnerable members of our human family.