The Freemasons' Grand Charity has donated £20,000 in emergency aid following the severe tropical cyclone which hit Vanuatu in the South Pacific on Saturday, via the Red Cross
The cyclone has cause widespread destruction to one of the world's least developed countries. President Baldwin Lonsdale has appealed for immediate help, saying the storm has 'wiped out' all development of recent years and his country would have to rebuild 'everything'.
According to national statistics, 50% of the population are children, and therefore are more vulnerable to diseases.
There has been significant impact on livelihoods, with 13% of people already living below the basic poverty line. Over 80% of the population depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity donation is being used towards delivering emergency assistance in Water/Sanitation, Health and Shelter.