In the period following Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu the Tolmie Uniting Church congregation has established a contact with Pastor Eddie Satungia who is working and caring for people in Port Vila and outlying areas.
During a recent visit to Vanuatu we discovered first hand that after Cyclone Pam a lot of aid did not reach the people who need it desperately. A lot of houses are not rebuilt and, especially on the islands, people are living in extreme poverty. We asked the locals what would be most needed at this stage. They told us that one of the items desperately needed would be bedding material like blankets or doonas. You would not expect that these items would be required in a tropical climate, but during the winter season the night temperature can drop to about 13 degrees, which is experienced as very cold to the Vanuatan people.
So we are planning to ship a pallet load of blankets to Vanuatu, but need your help to find us the blankets. Any blankets or doonas (with cover) in reasonably good condition will be very welcome. You can drop off your donations at the Tolmie Uniting church which will be open on Saturday 13 August from 10 am until 1.00 pm. Alternatively, you can give us a call and we can organise a pick up or drop off somewhere else. Pastor Eddie has people to assist him in processing the delivery on arrival, so we can be sure that what we send will reach people who need it.
On behalf of the people of Vanuatu we thank you in advance for your contribution!
Martina and Kees Sonneveld 57769554
Norma and Keith Pearce 57762223