Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Send aid to help the residents of Vanuatu rebuild their community.
Cyclone Pam destroyed the island nation of Vanuatu last week, leaving tens of thousands of people without food, water and shelter. With a population that spans across 60 islands, the total number of people affected by the storm is still unclear. They have resorted to drinking saltwater, which is quite dangerous and can lead to dehydration and even death. Many villagers claimed that their homes were completely flattened as entire villages were destroyed by the powerful storm. The damage has left most families displaced and in search for shelter.
So far the death toll has reached 11, but authorities say the number may rise once they are able to communicate with the islands that they haven’t been able to reach. Fortunately many residents were able to safely leave their homes before Cyclone Pam destroyed them. However, for those who remain, the future seems gloomy with very little to work with for rebuilding. The President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has called for immediate help as he claims they will need to rebuild everything that they’ve worked so hard to create in recent years.
The residents of Vanuatu need aid to rebuild their community. Sign the petition below to support efforts to send aid to help the victims of Cyclone Pam.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Many people in Vanuatu need food, water and shelter to begin putting their communities back together. These people are in desperate need of help–many have gone several days without food or water. Many villagers haven’t even been able to feed their children, and they’ve been scavenging for food since the cyclone hit.
Several aid agencies have already said that rebuilding all of the areas damaged by the cyclone will take a significant amount of resources and work. Aid agencies are even having a hard time landing on the island to deliver resources because of the flooding. Without food and water, the majority of these people will not survive for much longer. Aid workers have also been vaccinating the children of Vanuatu due to fears of a measles outbreak.
There will be several challenges for the people of Vanuatu and global efforts to send aid will help ease the burden. I urge you to send aid and help the victims of the cyclone rebuild all that they have lost.
[Your Name Here]
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