In a disaster, Tearfund is there for the people who need us most; people like Jacob, in Vanuatu. Jacob lost his entire home and livelihood in Cyclone Pam. Through the generous donations of people like you, we’re able to walk alongside people like Jacob and help restore what was broken and then build resilience for the future.
“My name is Jacob Talla and I am the Chairman of the Nasi Tuan (Tearfund’s partner) Coffee Cooperative Group. I’ve lived here on this land in Middlebush since I was born. In all my life and even my grandparent’s life we’ve never seen a storm this great. Before Cyclone Pam, things weren’t so tough. Our land was green, we had flowers and trees and a good garden and coffee plantation.
"The storm destroyed my property. My coffee plantations were covered in large trees and logs and my garden was gone. As the coffee chairman of Nasi Tuan, I am overwhelmed by this problem that not only I face, but all the farmers in the group".
I had three plots of coffee beans and would harvest about 100kg in a year. Coffee gives a good amount of money but it is hard work as it takes years to be profitable. With our garden, we get a return after three months on our sweet potatoes and cassava. When I heard the cyclone was coming, we prepared by putting heavy objects on our roof to hold the tin down. We also put up covers to protect our windows. But by midnight I could see we would not make it in the house and so we ran to the Nasi Tuan office. When we came out in the morning I was scared to see what happened.
This year I think my group will be collectively able to produce just under half a tonne. Last year it was 16 tonnes and this year we expected it to be 25-30 tonnes. Nasi Tuan will help us start again by giving us new coffee plants and salvaging the ones we have by pruning.”