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Children play in Port Patterson
A group of curious children pose for a photo in Port Patterson,
Vanua Lava. © Jess Melas/ABM

Vanuatu has a population of just over 260,000 with over 100 languages spoken. The Ni-Vanuatu people, a Melanesia race, dominate this South Pacific island’s population.

The economy is based primarily on small-scale agriculture, which provides a living for 65% of the population. Most people live in rural areas, where they have few health, education and employment opportunities and women and children must walk miles to collect water.

In Vanuatu, ABM works through the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) which extends through the Solomon Islands into Vanuatu. Around 40% of the population across the province identifies with this church. There are two dioceses in Vanuatu – Banks and Torres and the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

ABM has had a partnership with ACOM for over 160 years. We continue to support the church in carrying out its mission and responding to the many pressing social needs of its people.

We are part of the Vanuatu Church Partnership Program (VCPP) which builds on the combined strengths of a number of Vanuatu Churches and their Australian Church partners, to deliver ongoing development and emergency response to the people of Vanuatu, particularly in rural areas.

The program is currently part funded by DFAT and part funded by the Australian Church partners. The Anglicans are working in Literacy and Numeracy, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Disaster Risk Reduction, especially in the north of the country.


2017 projects in vanuatu

Community Development Program

You can learn more about ABM's Programs here. 



News from the Vanuatu Church Partnership Program (VCPP)

Find out more about the work of the Vanuatu Church Partnership Program (VCPP) through these recently published news articles from Bertha Tarileo, the VCPP Support Facility Manager:

Churches can achieve more in working together to reach and meet community needs

Stories of Change from people reached by VCPP

Vanuatu Church Partnership Program (VCPP)


Rucinta Vora, VCPP Development Coordinator. ©ABM/J. Sexton 2015
Rucinta Vora, VCPP Development
©ABM/J. Sexton 2015

Vanuatu Program Update 

June 2015 - ABM is pleased to introduce Rucinta Vora as the new Vanuatu Church Partnership Program (VCPP) Development Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Melanesia. Rucinta joins the team with a wealth of experience, including her recent post as VCPP Coordinator for the Church of Christ, Vanuatu. Having gained her Certificate 4 in Community Development at the Secretariat of the Pacific Communities Fiji, Rucinta initially worked with UNICEF Vanuatu as a field officer with the Maternal and Child Health Program. She went on to work with the Vanuatu Women’s Centres, counselling women victims of domestic violence and abuse before joining the VCPP.

Rucinta’s role with ACOM will include the coordination of the Adult Literacy and WASH programs supported by ABM and DFAT. 




Jess Sexton  

Experiencing Cyclone Pam

ABM's Vanuatu Program Officer Jess Sexton travelled to the Torba Province on a monitoring visit in March 2015 and was unable to leave due to Cyclone Pam.