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Nine weeks after Cyclone Pam devastated so many communities and families in Vanuatu, people in Tanna, where TEAR’s partner Nasi Tuan is focussing their work with up to 5,000 households, are doing their best to replant, rebuild and re-settle. Most people have returned from evacuation centres to their own villages and rebuilt at least basic sleeping shelters with local materials and/or roofing iron. Schools are still largely damaged, but students are going to school, using temporary classrooms.
The pressure on families to find sufficient food has eased a little, with crops like island cabbage, Chinese cabbage and kumara making a comeback after the damage done by the cyclone.
People are doing their best to replant, rebuild and re-settle.
Nine weeks after Cyclone Pam devastated so many communities and families in Vanuatu, people are doing their best to replant, rebuild and re-settle.
Nasi Tuan’s agricultural recovery work with the families is going well, although the wet weather lately has caused a few delays. People are very impressed with the simple but effective training they are getting - about 10,000 seedlings have been propagated so far by those involved in the project.
Nasi Tuan is helping to construct more than 20 nursery boxes to also assist the government seed distribution. Once this job is done, the project will work with communities to mark out plots for peanut and root crop farming. Nasi Tuan will help the people integrate their local knowledge with newer cropping technologies to maximize efficiency, yield and quality of their produce and food supply.
Due to the generosity of our supporters, TEAR Australia has raised more than $360,000 to support relief and recovery for those most affected by Cyclone Pam, that hit Vanuatu on 13 March.
Nasi Tuan’s agricultural recovery work with the families is going well.
Nasi Tuan means “Helping the Needy”. It was started in 2010 by a group of local Christians that wanted to address the humanitarian needs of their own community. Nasi Tuan Managing Director Jeffrey Lahva says the organisation’s focus has been food security, income generation, water and sanitation and disaster risk reduction. He says the organisation is now working alongside the local government to address the needs of the community in the wake of Cyclone Pam, mainly focusing on working the large farming population on activities including re-establishing kitchen gardens, preserving food and building up agriculture. “When I see the devastation that Cyclone Pam has left on our island I am very sad to see that farmers have lost so much. There is a big task ahead of us but by working alongside others we can do it.”
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