Vanuatu is a lush archipelago of more than 80 scattered volcanic islands. Its 246,000 people, the Ni-Vanuatu, have been spared the civil and political unrest that has affected neighbouring Melanesian nations but its economy is failing to meet the needs of an increasing and young population.
In Vanuatu, Oxfam is training and supporting farmers to establish and grow small-scale market gardens.
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We are also providing people with safe clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.
Young people in rural Vanuatu get a second chance at an education
Too many young people are pushed out of formal education each year in Vanuatu. But with Oxfam's support, a network of small rural training centres is giving them new opportunities to learn and build a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Built to last: building safe, cyclone-proof training centres
Oxfam is supporting the design and construction of rural infrastructure, including classrooms, water supply services and toilets. Design and construction of the infrastructure is undertaken by students trained at the Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centres.
The Farm Support Association is helping farmers add value to their crops by adopting organic techniques
Rural training centres are equipping young people with new skills
This is helping students find jobs, especially in mechanics, homecare and construction.
Safe water and sanitation
Water for rural communities
Oxfam is working with the Vanuatu Rural Development and Training Centre Association to help rural communities build water supply services and sanitation facilites at Rural Training Centres.
Vanuatu – formerly the New Hebrides – gained independence in 1980, following 70 years of joint British and French rule.
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