When choosing a charity to work with, P&O Cruises looked to partner with an organisation already working in the regions our ships visit. We wanted to give back to the communities which have been so warmly welcoming us – and so, the P&O Pacific Partnership was born.
In January 2013 we partnered with Save the Children to form the P&O Pacific Partnership, with the aim of improving community health services and education in Pacific Island nations. We are on track to raise $1 million by the end of 2016.
Many children in Vanuatu do not have access to well-trained early childhood education teachers or safe facilities, and for children living in remote parts of Vanuatu, they don’t have access to early education at all.
Save the Children is one of Australia’s largest aid and development agencies dedicated to helping children and has been doing so for more than 90 years.
Passengers directly contribute to the work carried out through an automatic $1 donation to their onboard account. This donation is for guests over the age of 18 on all cruises. Guests can choose to opt out of the program if they wish – or donate more, through the onboard donation boxes.
In addition, the Navigational chart from each voyage is auctioned at the end of every cruise with all proceeds also going to Save the Children.
P&O Cruises launched the partnership with a start-up contribution of $50,000 which enabled the completion of the first project – a kindergarten for the Talwa community in Vanuatu’s Panema province.
Since then a kindergarten has opened in the Sanma Province in Santo East, an aid post in the remote Hiu Island in Torres, Torba, and a health dispensary on Aneityum Island.