Thanks for your aid to cyclone-hit Melanesia 2015

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undefinedWhen Cyclone Pam caused widespread damage to Vanuatu and parts of the Solomon Islands earlier this year, many schools, parishes and individuals across our diocese responded generously to the call for prayer support and aid.

We reported here back in March how the disaster had affected those areas where the (Anglican) Church of Melanesia was present.

Executive Officer for the Melanesian Mission UK, Katie Drew, said: “The Diocese of Chester has a long association with Melanesia through exchange visits, missions, sponsoring students, supporting the religious orders and the Mothers’ Union – and by linking schools in the diocese with schools in the Solomon Islands.

“When the news broke about the storm, many people from the diocese asked Melanesian Mission UK how they could help. In response, the charity set up a special appeal requesting prayer support and financial assistance. The response was immediate and touching. Churches organised collections and schools ran fundraising cake stalls and non-uniform days.

“In all, donations from the diocese came to over £9,400, contributing to a total raised of over £35,000. Some of these donations went to buy food for people whose growing areas had been washed away in the more remote areas not reached by the big aid agencies. The remainder of the money was used to prepare for future extreme weather conditions, building shelters and secure areas for storing food.”

“I would like to thank all in the Diocese of Chester for the acts of kindness towards the people of Vanuatu and the Solomons Islands during this crisis,” said Katie.

Our photo shows a scene from the relief operation