Oxfam in Vanuatu

Around three-quarters of people in Vanuatu live in rural areas and are dependent on subsistence farming. Vanuatu has a young population, but the limited opportunities for young people means they are increasingly vulnerable to poverty and health problems.

Oxfam's work in Vanuatu is supporting a wide variety of services to improve the lives of people living in rural communities, including the expansion of vocational skills training for young people, and improving access to a sustainable clean water supply and safe sanitation.

Oxfam New Zealand in Vanuatu


  • 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.
  • Health education on HIV and AIDS
    Drama group Wan Smolbag provide education on reproductive health, including sexually transmitted diseases and HIV and AIDS, through radio and theatre.

Improving livelihoods

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.
  • Strategy for sustainable water supply
    Oxfam worked in Vanuatu from 2005 to 2008 with the government, the private sector, and local organisations to develop a National Water Resource Strategy.

Vanutau profile

Vanuatu – formerly the New Hebrides – gained independence in 1980, following 70 years of joint British and French rule.

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