On Friday 13th March, more than 264,000 people were in the disaster zone when the category 5 cyclone hit.
According to Unicef more than half Vanuatu’s population including 88,000 children, have been affected by the cyclone which was one of the most destructive natural disasters in Vanuatu’s history.
The cyclonic winds destroyed homes and crops while hospitals, electricity, water supplies and telecommunications were severely damaged.
Many small towns are still without clean water and food supplies, and aid workers are concerned about a potential outbreak of measles.
New Zealand and Australia have been at the forefront of rescue efforts, with millions of dollars raised through everyday people reaching out and donating what they can.
When Maori Television approached us to help with their SMS fundraising drive, we jumped at the chance to get involved by supplying the short code for free.
The campaign is being run in conjunction with Unicef, with 100% of funds raised going towards their work supporting cyclone-affected communities in Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Kiribati.
Jo and Gareth Morgan have also pledged to match your donation up to NZ$1m – effectively doubling any contribution you make.
To make an automatic $3 donation, simply text AWHA to 305.