From March 6 to March 10, 2015 the UNICEF is running a workshop on Helping Meet the Psycho-Social Needs of Children after Cyclone PAM, at the Melanesian Hotel in Port Vila. It is a pioneering workshop to develop and produce international standard communication for infants, preschool and early primary school aged children and [their] families. All of these will be produced entirely in Bislama and will be shared through health centers, child protection advocates and education institutions throughout Vanuatu.
We are now witnessing the slimy tactics employed by Indonesia as Vanuatu is in recovery mode after TC Pam. The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) meeting that is scheduled to be held in Honiara is coming up in June and Indonesia has been going around the region bribing member countries with what everyone wants to believe is “aid”. Before cyclone Pam, Vanuatu would never have stooped low enough to accept any thing from Indonesia that hinted at bribery. We would all like to believe that this would still be the case after Pam left us with an uncertain future and a reliance on foreign aid, but alas, she left us vulnerable and open to diplomatic exploitation!
Last week, I was cordially invited to be part of a workshop facilitated by staff of the the United Nations Children’s Fund (formerly United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), or UNICEF. The workshop started on March 6 and will end on March 10, 2015 with the theme: “Helping to Meet the Psycho-social Needs of Children after Cyclone Pam”. The workshop is at the Melanesian Hotel in Port Vila.
It is an “eye-opener” for every participant of the workshop, with presenters giving talks on how children can be traumatized during and after a natural disaster like the recent TC Pam, and how we can all help them recover and reconnect with their normal lives.
Vanuatu’s dirty politics just might cause havoc in the Joe Natuman led coalition that is currently in government. This time the dirt is coming from the opposition bloc.
Ironically, in his attempt to smear dirt on the Prime Minister in his efforts to bring relief supplies to the scattered isles of Vanuatu, the Leader of Opposition, Mr Moana Carcases has inadvertently thrown the dirt upwind and is clawing the air for excuses to wipe his eyes with.
A riveting video of resilience!
Students from Tamua Primary School in Labultamata village in the northern shores of Pentecost Island in Penama Province, gave up one day of school, after Severe Tropcial Cyclone Pam had waned, to rebuild their classroom. Strong winds from Cyclone Pam had destroyed their classroom and it needed to be rebuilt.