The Blossom project in Vanuatu enhances the wellbeing of women and girls by addressing issues such as domestic violence, sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy. Partnering with church leaders, students, community members and government the ADRA team is using the Family Life Education approach. This involves openly discussing gender norms, the roles of family members and new ways for men to take on “non-traditional” roles in the household while allowing women to participate in leadership.

The project has expanded to include a prison rehabilitation program, a local radio program providing community education and the Elang Family Support Services Centre which provides support services like counselling.


Improving health and wellbeing – How is ADRA helping?

Vanuatu is one of many countries where ADRA is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of communities. We have ongoing health projects that have been developed in collaboration with trusted partners and communities to build healthier lives. Examples of ADRA health project activities include:

– Improving access to safe water sources
– Providing hygiene and sanitation solutions
– Implementing waste management strategies
– Helping families access nourishing food
– Preventing, addressing, and combatting non-communicable diseases like diabetes
– Supporting pregnant women and mothers with maternal and infant health and nutrition
– Improving awareness on issues like domestic violence and sexual abuse against women, children, and others
– Providing psychosocial support as per identified need

The teenage pregnancy rate in Vanuatu is 6-8% compared with 1.6% in Australia

In 2010, 1 in 3 women in Vanuatu reported having experienced child sexual abuse under the age of 15


On Monday 24 April 2023, ADRA Vanuatu was honoured to have Her Royal Highness Princess Mary of Denmark and her delegate visit the Elang Family Support Services Centre at Etas. Princess Mary is interested in women’s empowerment and climate change, and wanted to learn how local women in Vanuatu are adapting to the changes posed by the impacts of climate change.

“The Elang Family Support Services Centre offers life skills training,” said Danielle Masoe, the Project Manager for ADRA’s Blossom Project. “The women learn how to sew dresses, shirts, and children’s clothes for themselves and also to sell. The women also tend gardens and sell their produce at the market. It helps them generate income for the family.”

Lynffer Wini Maltungtung, the acting Country Director for ADRA Vanuatu, said in her official welcoming address for Princess Mary and her delegate, “Climate change disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, particularly women and children. We believe that by empowering women, we can create stronger, more resilient communities that are better equipped to face the challenges of climate change.” 

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