As you probably have heard, Cyclone Pam has left a trail of destruction on the tiny archipelago of Vanuatu. Packing winds of 270 kilometers (168 miles) per hour, the storm did not spare the capital town of Port Vila.
I reached out to my colleagues at the National Archives and National Library in Port Vila, but have yet heard from them. It may take several days before communications is restored. However, the Archives’ Facebook page had this message: We are all safe. The Library and Archives collection are safe. No damage to the Collections. Keep praying for the people of Vanuatu.
If you would like to help recovery efforts in Vanuatu, I highly recommend viewing this article.
Here is a site that would help Habitat for Humanity’s response to the disaster.
My thoughts and prayers goes out to my colleagues, Anne, Augustine, June, and Nelly, and all the kind-hearted people of Vanuatu.
When I receive any new updates, I will definitely pass them along.
Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed.
The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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