Disability inclusion has been one of the great sport for development success stories for Vanuatu over the past three years.
As chronicled earlier this year on sportanddev, ahead of the International Day for People with Disabilities, late 2017 through to 2018 became a launch pad for the sport of Sitting Volleyball in Vanuatu, due to the volcano eruption on the northern island of Ambae. Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) supported the disability community among those who had to relocate to the neighbouring island of Espiritu Santo, through its Volley4Change (V4C) development program.
Since then, the VVF has worked hard to develop the sport and advocate for disability inclusion in the sport in the small Pacific nation. This advocacy has gained momentum through emerging partnerships between several of Vanuatu’s leading sports federations, including VVF, the Vanuatu Paralympic Committee and local disability services and advocacy organisations.