My thoughtful, kind-hearted little boy, Jago, would like your help to raise money to build a house for his Aunty Amy, whose house was destroyed by Cyclone Pam when it tore through Vanuatu a few weeks ago.
Jago is 4 and a half years old. He was born in Vanuatu, a small island nation in the South Pacific, and lived there until he was 2 and a half. From shortly after his first birthday, he was looked after whilst I was at work by Amy, a lady from Mele Village, just outside the capital, Port Vila. Amy did not just look after him; she showered him with love and attention. The friendship, kindness and love she showed to us is something I will never be able to repay.
On Friday 13th March 2015, Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, leaving devastation in its wake. The cyclone was one of the strongest ever to hit the Pacific. Thousands of homes, schools and community buildings were destroyed with many more damaged, across much of the country. The initial worry when all communications were down, was replaced with relief on finding out that all of our family and friends were safe. The grief for what they have lost remains however, and huge parts of our former home country are now unrecognisable.
Jago is aware that a storm has hit Vanuatu, and that there has been some damage, but as he is only 4 I have tried to shield him from the worst of it. A few nights ago however, he asked me about the storm and what had fallen down. I replied that some houses had fallen down, to which he asked whose. When I told him Aunty Amy's house was one of them, he thought for a moment and then shouted "I'll build her a new house!". I replied that it was a lovely thought, but that you need money to build a house. He asked how he could get money, so I explained that you do something such as a run, and people give you money for doing it. He replied "I can ride my bike really fast. I could ride my bike Mummy, and people can give me money then I can build Aunty Amy a new house".
And so that is exactly what he is going to do.
On Sunday 19th April 2015, Jago is going to ride his bike for 10 laps around the lake in our local park. He wanted to ride 42 laps, however I think 10 is a more realistic aim!
In Vanuatu, many houses are built from either local bush materials, or sheets of corrugated iron, whilst others are made from cement blocks. Cyclone Pam destroyed most of the houses that were not made of cement. We would therefore like to build Amy a house made from cement blocks, in order to increase the chances of it surviving future cyclones. This is likely to cost around £1500. Anything that Jago's bike ride can raise towards that amount would be fantastic.
It is a testament to the love and care that Amy showed Jago that he has grown up to be such a thoughtful boy.
Please sponsor Jago, and help a big-hearted little boy who believes that anything is possible.