Update on our emergency appeals

9 July 2020

Appeal for Vanuatu:
Responding to an increase in family violence following Tropical Cyclone Harold in April, teams led by the Anglican Church of Melanesia and other partners including the Vanuatu Council of Churches are working to address the protection needs of the most vulnerable people, including women and people living with disabilities.
This has included psychosocial support training and providing critical information on the availability of protection and support services.
Around $15,000 has been raised to date and is being disbursed through Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA) - one of our key Australian partners.
 
COVID-19 Polynesia appeal:
The Covid-19 Appeal in Fiji has been extended to Tonga as a result of the generosity of many of you. Assessment teams from Tonga Episcopal Unit (TEU) have visited parishes and identified 117 families that will now receive relief packages that will include seeds and garden implements and other items designed to support income generation and livelihoods given the numbers now out of work becuase of the collapse in international tourism. A shed will also be constructed at each of the four parishes in and around Nuku'alofa to store garden implements and supplies to be used in collective parish gardens. This is practical and appropriate and will not only be useful for the current Covid response but has longer-term application as communities face the impact of climate change and future natural disasters. Further long term community resilience work continues in Fiji.  Over $20,000 has been raised for the Appeal so far. This does not include over $12,000 raised separately by the Wellington Diocese for the project. What an extraordinarily generous response! Thank you.