‘Everything Is Gone’


Except for a few pieces of clothing, there’s little left among the ruins of Chief John’s home in Waisisi, a village near Port Vila, Vanuatu.

“Everything is gone,” says John, standing in the shell of the building, its roof ripped off on March 13, 2015, by Cyclone Pam’s 160-mph winds.

In a flattened landscape, the village water tank is one of few things standing. Heavy rains filled the tank and kept it from being knocked down by the wind. John is grateful for that. However, the water is dirty, and villagers must be careful to boil it before using.

More than 800 people benefited from the initial distribution of shelter materials, hygiene supplies, and kitchen/cooking sets World Vision had collected and stored on the island in the event of a disaster. Over the next year, the organization will continue to provide relief goods and assistance for recovery.


Photo©2015 Chloe Morrison/World Vision

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