Aid Agency Paying Vanuatu Residents For Cyclone Clean-Up

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Caritas hopes scheme will boost reinvestment in local economy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 20, 2015) – Groups of residents in Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, are being paid by an aid agency to help clean up some of the neighbourhoods worst-hit by Cyclone Pam last month.

The organisation, Caritas, says the two-week scheme aims to help clear damaged areas to help the town move into a rebuilding phase and the workers are being paid with the aim of reinvesting in the local economy.

The Humanitarian Programmes Coordinator for Caritas in New Zealand, Mark Mitchell, says the scheme has been successful so far, and he hopes it will lead to further work projects for those involved.

"It's providing income, it's putting money back into the local economy. So it's using young people who have not had access to their jobs income for them and obviously to support their family. But it also clears the neighbourhoods."

Mark Mitchell says Caritas is hoping to move the programme to other affected provinces in coming weeks.

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