In 2015 PPP created the Pacific Resilience Fund to accommodate a growing desire in the Global North to support Pacific Islanders in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
The Pacific Resilience Fund is a responsive community directed fund that seeks to fill gaps at the grassroots level following major disasters in the South Pacific. It is not a disaster relief program.
The Pacific Resilience Fund allows PPP to respond in the aftermath of a natural disaster by providing programs that aim to build communities' long term adaptive capacity. The Pacific Resilience Fund is supported by PPP's ongoing work in longer term climate resilience programming and disaster response advocacy.
Fiji's Loreto School after Cyclone Winston. Photo credit Peni Tavutonevalu
The Pacific Islands are disproportionately impacted by climate change through increased storm surges, flooding, coral bleaching and more. Popular media has identified Pacific Islanders as vulnerable and passive recipients of the worst impacts of climate change. Symbolized by the Islander on the sinking atoll, PPP rejects the 'vulnerable Islander' narrative as paternalistic and colonial. This approach disregards the significant resilience of this region, including the area's traditional knowledge of extreme weather systems, significant sustainable initiatives, and leadership in environmental advocacy.
Resilience is the persistence of a community, or its ability to absorb shock. Resilience projects may include strengthening traditional knowledge, designing stronger buildings or empowering climate advocacy. It is a strengths based approach that aligns with how Islanders see themselves.
Te Mana: Litia Maiava. Tokelauns protest climate change on the Pacific Warrior Day of Action.
The Pacific Resilience Fund was developed in response to Cyclone Pam, a super-cyclone that hit Vanuatu in 2015. Funds raised in 2015 were directed to Erromango Island to invest in community food security through building local knowledge of traditional food preservation methods; expanding a youth centre in Port Vila and retrofitting existing facilities to act as a National Evacuation Centre; and providing emergency and medical supplies to Tanna.
Current programming is focused on creating resilient schools and education programs in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston in Fiji. If you have a proposal for future Pacific Resilience programming, please email our Executive Director at email@example.com.