In late 2017 the 11,600 residents of Ambae Island were evacuated from the island to other other islands of Vanuatu as the Manaro Voui volcano has rained rock and ash on villages and a major eruption threatens.
The Diocese of Vanuatu and Anglican Church of Melanesia Office in Luganville coordinated and supported these evacueees who spent some months on three islands. The church opened up all buildings to house the evacuees, most opf whom were able to return in December 2017 to their homes.
On 17 April 2018, Anglican Aid was advised by the Diocese of Vanuatu that the residents of Ambae are again being evacuated as smoke and ash has made the island uninhabitable. All schools and institutions on Ambae have closed. John Siba from ACOM has advised "Relocation plans are currently in place however we are waiting for confirmation from Government authorities on the ground to enable evacuation to proceed. All ACOM institutions are affected by the ash fall and ACOM’s main secondary school St. Patricks College is now closed.."
ACOM is trying to meet is food, water and safety protections such as umbrellas sunglasses and masks.
Anglican Aid already has a partnership with the diocese in building a safe house and care centre for vulnerable women and girls. Anglican Aid also provided emergency Aid in 2015 after the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam.
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- Pray for the government and leaders on Ambae as they make decisions about the future of the island