Published on 31st December 2015
Our volunteers have spent 2015 working with our Pacific neighbours to improve life in countries that hide poverty beneath blue skies.
Each volunteer has made changes that will last long after they’ve left – and they, in turn, return home transformed. Most of all, they’ve made enduring connections with people throughout the wider Pacific, as these 12 gorgeous pictures from 2015 show.
The year began with a demonstration of how vulnerable the region is, when Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu. Our staff and volunteers there have worked with their partner organisations and the Vanuatu Government in the months since to “build back better”:
The cyclone’s effects are far-reaching, and in many places, now exacerbated by the growing drought and an El Niño cycle which is likely to bring more, stronger, cyclones:
Pam’s impact on education, industry, agriculture and people from all walks of life has shown how important VSA’s work in creating resilient communities is. Our volunteers have worked across the board to do just this. They have worked to empower women, protecting them from violence and giving them opportunities to be independent:
They’ve enabled communities to protect their most vulnerable children, by providing safe water, nutrition programmes, and access to good health and education services:
They’ve worked in areas healing from conflict, and have supported communities to find peace:
They’ve worked with communities to lift incomes – allowing families to escape poverty and provide opportunities for their children:
We wish everyone a peaceful holiday, and look forward to continuing the good work in 2016.
Ngā mihi mahana o te wā me to Tau Hou.