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.

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Cyclone Pam one year on report

Sunday 13 March 2016 will mark one year since Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu causing widespread destruction across the eastern and southeastern islands of the country. In the 12 months since the event, more than 50 organisations, both local and international, have worked together under the lead of the Vanuatu Government to ensure relief efforts are coordinated and aid is getting to those who need it most. 
Humanitarian activities have now moved from the response phase into the recovery phase, and Oxfam’s programming has reflected this shift in focus, as well as the impact of El Niño: the country is also experiencing its worst drought in 20 years. Oxfam has integrated its El Niño response plan into the Tropical Cyclone Pam recovery program, particularly in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods recovery, and gender and protection. 

Cyclone Winston Appeal

Donate to Oxfam's Cyclone Winston emergency appeal

A man searches through the wreckage of his home in Ba, Fiji. Photo: Naziah Ali, Mai Life, @Alinaziah / TwitterOnly six weeks ago a ferocious Category 5 storm, Tropical Cyclone Winston, caused devastation across the islands and left tens of thousands of people in Fiji without homes.

Now another cyclone is en route and expected to hit Fiji again tonight. Tropical Cyclone Zena is bringing high rainfall, and more flash flooding. With hundreds of thousands of people still recovering from Winston and many still without proper shelter, the people of Fiji need your support.

While Zena isn't expected to be as damaging as Winston, it has the potential to impact the already weary people of Fiji drastically, in the days to come.

Thanks to the incredible support of people like you, we have been able to reach almost 9000 people with emergency drinking water and hygiene kits following Winston.

Our Pacific neighbours need our support – please help with a donation today to help overcome the impacts of Cyclone Winston and Cyclone Zena.

Cyclone Pam six month report

Saturday 13 September 2015 marked six months since Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu causing widespread destruction across the eastern and south-eastern islands of the country and affecting about 188,000 people across 22 islands. An estimated 15,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, about 96% of food stocks were decimated and the water supply of 110,000 people was disrupted, destroyed or contaminated. Thanks to the generosity of donors and supporters from across the globe, Oxfam’s response to Tropical Cyclone Pam has reached close to 25,000 people in the first six months. Humanitarian activities have now moved from the response phase into the recovery phase. Oxfam’s programming for the next period will reflect this shift in focus, as well as the predicted impacts of El Niño on weather patterns.

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Latest news

Oxfam monitoring Cyclone Donna: latest news

May 4, 2017

UPDATE: 12:00pm 09/05/2017 An update has been sent out from Oxfam's regional office in Vanuatu.

High risk of cyclone hitting Vanuatu: Oxfam monitoring

April 8, 2017

Oxfam is closely monitoring after a cyclone warning was issued for Vanuatu, as numerous provinces brace for damaging gale force winds and flooding.

Cyclone Ula approaches Vanuatu

January 10, 2016

Tropical Cyclone Ula could bring further heartache to people hit by Cyclone Pam last year as it passes close to Vanuatu’s southern islands this afternoon. 

Latest blogs

Improving livelihoods in Vanuatu

February 28, 2018

Our livelihoods project in Vanuatu has been running for two years, with a focus on empowering farmers to improve their practices for a more stable income, more diverse range of food, and greater wellbeing. It’s thanks to your ongoing support that we’ve been so successful so far.

Rural livelihoods project changes lives in Vanuatu

August 24, 2017

One of our rural livelihoods project in Vanuatu, that began in January 2013, was completed in February this year. It was thanks to your continued support that we were able to carry out a project of this length. Long-term projects mean long-term solutions, so thank you for sticking with us and helping us create real change. We hope you enjoy hearing the stories about what you’ve helped us achieve!

Female farmer stands out in a market full of root crops

June 6, 2017

Read about Ilene's family-feeding and income-generating success, through a little hand-up from the FSA and Oxfam. Written by Dominique Doss and Glen Pakoa

Latest stories

May 3, 2017

It’s not uncommon for children in Vanuatu to stop attending school at 10 years old - there are not enough secondary school places due to government budget constraints, and many families can’t afford the school fees.

March 24, 2015

Oxfam has now been able to speak to Hillary Garea, a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) Officer for the Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centre Association (VRDTCA), Oxfam’s long term WASH partner in Vanuatu.

March 23, 2015

Oxfam distributed hygiene kits last week at Lycee Bouganville school in Port Vila which is acting as a temporary evacuation centre. Oxfam's Amy Christian spoke to some of the families sheltering at the school about their experiences when Cyclone Pam hit, and their plans and worries for the future.