Recovering from Cyclone Pam wasn’t easy for Karie Manarruru, who lost his leg in a construction accident when he was just 27. Thanks to Vanuatu Red Cross, people with disabilities such as Karie are one of the groups given the highest priority in their recovery operation.

The Red Cross installed a 1,100 litre water tank connected to a rooftop rain water harvesting system, and he was able to fill his tank within weeks. 
Thanks to Vanuatu Red Cross, people with disabilities such as Karie are one of the groups given the highest priority in their recovery operation
One year ago, Cyclone Pam tore through the South Pacific affecting 200,000 people and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. Vanuatu bore the brunt of the disaster but Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea were also badly affected. In the last twelve months, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) working with National Red Cross Societies in the region, has reached more than 44,000 people across all five affected countries with direct humanitarian assistance. 

Read more about the Canadian Red Cross response to Cyclone Pam.