Vanuatu

Habitat for Humanity to assist families affected by Cyclone Pam

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Manila, 16 March 2015 – Global non-profit housing organization Habitat for Humanity is launching an appeal to assist families affected by Cyclone Pam which struck Vanuatu last weekend, resulting in massive damage across the island nation.

“As information filters in from outlying communities, we will learn of the scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam. Vanuatu’s President has already stated that most of the country is now homeless and thousands of people are currently crowded in evacuation centers,” said Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific Vice President, Habitat for Humanity. “We know there will be a need to support affected families to repair and rebuild homes. We are launching an appeal to raise funds for the disaster response operation. The more funds we raise, the more families can be helped.”

To donate, visit habitat.org/cyclonepam

Habitat for Humanity is sending staff to Vanuatu to assess the situation and coordinate with government agencies and partners on the disaster response operation. Habitat for Humanity’s immediate response efforts will include emergency shelter assistance. Based on funding availability, the longer-term response will follow Habitat’s model of assisting affected communities with housing solutions ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.

Habitat for Humanity has worldwide experience responding to disasters, most recently following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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To arrange interviews, or for further information, please contact Geno Teofilo, +63 905 669 5985, gteofilo@habitat.org or Michele Soh, +65 9233 1544, msoh@habitat.org

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. Habitat has supported an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, where it has been active since 1983. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org/asiapacific or follow us at facebook.com/habitat.