Ten Integral Members are actively responding to Cyclone Pam which has devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Integral has now held two teleconferences to coordinate the activities of its Members who are supporting five local partners, and launching fundraising campaigns in their headquarter countries.
Latest statistics from the National Disaster Management Organisation in Vanuatu report 11 confirmed fatalities, 3,300 people displaced in 37 evacuation centres. There are serious concerns about disease with water contaminated, the lack of sanitation equipment and an increasing lack of food. The authorities are still struggling to get a clear picture of the situation because of the lack of access to many of the nations’ islands.
Integral Members have agreed to establish an Integral Hub to support the early response to Cyclone Pam. Joel Kaiser, an emergency management specialist from Medair, will be deployed to Vanuatu today to assist in coordinating the response and help to develop an Integral strategy. Additionally, a communications specialist from TEAR Fund New Zealand is already enroute to Vanuatu to gather photos and stories for all Integral Members to use.
Joel says: “It is great that I can be deployed as Medair’s support to the Integral Alliance and be a part of a collaborative work in response to this disaster. I am looking forward to working with local organisations and international NGOs to provide coordinated relief to vulnerable communities in order to maximize our collective impact.”
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Integral Alliance is a WEA affiliate and has served as a global partner to the WEA in the field of relief and development since 2006. Integral contributes to the WEA’s goal of fostering Christian unity around the world through working with its Members on a more integrated and collaborative strategy in disasters.
Jan Eyre, Integral’s Disaster Management and Programme Coordinator says, “We have Integral Members well-placed in the region and who are already on the ground linking with local partners and churches. It is vital that we get as much assistance to the affected population as quickly as possible. By coordinating this response across the Integral membership, we can maximise our resources, both operationally and in fundraising, to meet the urgent need there is for shelter, medical and WASH supplies, particularly for the most vulnerable.”
“It was very encouraging on our first teleconference to hear how committed our Members are to exploring how Integral can add value in very practical ways – we, and our operational Members, were offered technical expertise, logistics and capacity building support with personnel ready to leave in the next few days.”
Jan Eyre, Integral’s Disaster Management and Programme Coordinator
“We have just arrived on the second Hercules – the sky is blue and it’s looking reasonably peaceful, but at the same time we have not even left the airport and you can already see how massive the destruction is.” Alice Banfield, TEAR Fund New Zealand staff member who joined the NZ Air Force Hercules flight carrying aid for Vanuatu.
 Cedar Fund (Hong Kong), Food for the Hungry (US), MAP International (US), Medair (Switzerland), Mission East (Denmark), Tear Australia, TEAR Fund New Zealand, Tearfund (UK), Transform Aid Australia and World Renew (US).
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT INTEGRAL
Integral has 20 Members who work in over 85 countries and currently fund over 1100 projects in more than 30 sectors. Our Members have a combined income of over $675m USDs and are:
CEDAR Fund - Hong Kong
Food for the Hungry – USA
Medair – Switzerland
Missions Alliance - Norway
Mission East - Denmark
Tearfund – Belgium
Transform Aid International – Australia
World Renew - Canada & USA
The Integral Disaster Relief Process:
Integral Members have developed a collaborative strategy for responding to disasters as Integral, with the Disaster Response Process co-ordinating the emergency activities of its Members. The aim of the Integral DR process is to combine resources to ensure that as many people as possible are reached with the assistance they need.
In disaster situations Integral Members have previously collaborated in:
2014: The Philippines (Typhoon Hagupit), Ebola outbreak in West Africa, South Sudan, CAR, Syria, The Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan), Kenya unrest, Iraq
2013: Cyclone Mahasen (Bangladesh), North India Flooding (Utterakhand), Syrian Crisis, and Tropical Cyclone Phailin (East India), Typhoon Haiyan (The Philippines)
2012: South Sudan (displacement), Philippines Flooding, Democratic Republic of Congo (displacement)
2011: Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, North Korea, South Sudan, Japan earthquake, Middle East, East Africa food crisis
2010: Haiti earthquake, Sahel food crisis, Indonesia earthquake, Guatemala Hurricane, Pakistan floods
2009: Sri Lanka (internally displaced people), Pakistan floods, Asian disasters
2008: Kenya Unrest, China Earthquake, Myanmar Cyclone, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa Food Crisis, India floods
2007: Bangladesh Floods, Zimbabwe Humanitarian Crisis
2006: Indonesia Earthquake
2004: Indonesia Tsunami, Sri Lanka Tsunami
● Integral’s vision is a world without poverty.
● Our mission is to work in collaboration as national relief and development agencies committed to maximising the holistic impact of our Christian response to the poor worldwide. Integral’s main focus is on working together when disasters happen, and to find opportunities for our Members to collaborate and so maximise our resources and impact following a disaster.
On Integral Collaboration:
● Integral’s goal is for all its Members to become more effective and efficient in their work and to see greater impact and reach as a result of working collaboratively. This means making sure that Integral Members share information and play complementary roles with the resources they have available when an emergency happens. The Integral Secretariat plays a co-ordinating role to facilitate better communication between all Members in disaster situations with the aim of increasing support and avoiding duplication.
Fiona Boshoff, Director of Integral
Jan Eyre, Programme and Disaster Management Coordinator
Sarah Larkin, Communication and Marketing Coordinator