Rebuild in sight for Vanuatu college destroyed by cyclone

A makeshift classroom on the grounds of St Michel Technical College, Vanuatu (Australian Marist Solidarity)

It has been almost three months since Tropical Cyclone Harold struck Vanuatu, destroying 90 per cent of buildings in the worst-hit areas and affecting more than 160,000 people. Source: Australian Marist Solidarity.

While Vanuatu is one of the few places with no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the pandemic has caused major limitations on the normal response mechanisms for the natural disaster that hit on April 5. Supply chains have been disrupted and access to international specialised personnel restricted to remote advice and assistance.

International development agency Australian Marist Solidarity was quick to launch an appeal to raise funds for repair and recovery for St Michel Technical College, which was devastated by the cyclone.

St Michel’s provides critical skills development for Vanuatu with both academic and vocational education and has been supported by the Marist Brothers for 26 years.

“Through the generous donations we have received, we are proud to announce that we have already raised half the funds needed for repairing four key priority buildings for St Michel Technical College,” AMS chief executive officer Rebecca Bromhead said.

“While we still have a way to go in funding the restoration of all of the damaged areas, we are pleased to be able to move forward quickly to the next phase for a number of buildings and help the students of St Michel return to a safe learning environment as soon as possible.”

For those who wish to make a tax-deductible donation and support the re-build of St Michel Technical College visit


Generosity helps fuel recovery after Tropical Cyclone Harold (Australian Marist Solidarity)

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