Cyclone Harold Appeal

We urgently need your help to provide emergency support to the people of Vanuatu affected by Cyclone Harold.
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World Vision staff, Janeth's home has been destroyed

Cyclone Harold is the most powerful storm to hit the Pacific in years, causing widespread destruction and leaving thousands of families in need of shelter, food, water, health services and protection.

We urgently need your help. Your donation today will provide emergency shelter, hygiene kits, clean water and gender-based violence safety planning and support to families affected by Cyclone Harold.  

"The whole world is in crisis right now – this is an appeal to say don’t forget Vanuatu in its time of need."
– Kendra Gates Derousseau, World Vision Vanuatu.

Thousands of families have lost their homes

Thousands of families have lost their homes

World Vision staff, Joana's home has been destroyed

The destructive Category 5 storm, the largest possible, made landfall in Vanuatu on the 6th of April with gale-force winds of up to 235 km/hour causing significant damage. 

Thousands of homes, crops and gardens were destroyed. Entire villages have been flattened, schools have been ruined, roads and rivers are flooded and electricity and power are down. 

Vanuatu, home to around 300,000 people, is already in a state of emergency as the threat of COVID-19 remains, this Cyclone couldn't have come at a worse time.

Approximately 53,000 people in Vanuatu have been severely affected, with 13,000 households left without shelter. All are facing food shortages. 

World Vision is responding to this emergency, but we need your help! Please donate today to provide emergency shelter, hygiene kits, clean water and gender-based violence safety planning and support to families affected by Cyclone Harold.

Supporting the most vulnerable

Supporting the most vulnerable

Viaru, Vanuatu

“I have never been so scared in my life,” said 45-year-old Viaru. The mother of four broke down in tears as she recalled her terrifying experience during Cyclone Harold.

Viaru, who is paralysed from the waist down, said, “I was so scared when the roof of the house started to fly off because it was the safest place I knew and now it was being torn apart.”

Thanks to your help, Viaru and her family have received an emergency shelter kit to provide a safe, dry place for them to live while they repair the damage to their home.

Emotionally, she told the World Vision distribution team, “I am still a bit shaken, but seeing how you have stepped up and thought of us in this great time of need means so much, that I don’t know what to say.”

Together, with your support, we are reaching the most vulnerable households, like Viaru’s, to provide them with the necessary items to make vital repairs to their homes. Please donate today so we can reach even more families with much-needed support.


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Provide emergency support to the people of Vanuatu affected by Cyclone Harold.