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With Caritas Australia’s support, Margret’s school in the Solomon Islands was able to install eight large water tanks, and a rainwater harvesting system. Photo: Neil Nuia.

Your support is needed

You can provide vital relief to communities impacted by natural disasters, such as the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga, along with the current COVID-19 crisis in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. With your support, our partners on the ground can respond immediately when crises strike.

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Tonga is still reeling from the impacts of a violent underwater volcano eruption on 15 January that triggered tsunamis, destroyed telecommunications and blanketed the Pacific island nation in ash.  

  • 85,000 people - up to 84% of the total population - have been affected by the eruption, tsunami and associated volcanic ash (IFRC).  
  • Many communities are now forced to buy bottled water as their only water sources have been contaminated
  • Another potential crisis looms as the country deals with its first ever community outbreak of COVID-19. Case numbers continue to climb. 

Your urgent support is needed today to help communities affected by this disaster.

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Coastal communities in the Fiji were damaged by tsunami caused by the volcano eruption in Tonga.  Photo: Caritas Fiji.
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Coastal communities in the Fiji were damaged by tsunami caused by the volcano eruption in Tonga. Photo: Caritas Fiji.
Caritas Tonga staff pre-positioning supplies. Photo credit: Caritas Tonga
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Caritas Tonga staff pre-positioning supplies. Photo credit: Caritas Tonga

The people of Tonga are in urgent need of: 

  • Clean drinking water 
  • Shelter for those who lost their homes 
  • Psychosocial support for people who were evacuated 
  • Food support for communities whose soil and crops were contaminated by saltwater and toxic ashes. 

We are working with Caritas Tonga to support the most impacted communities through the Church networks.  

Donate now to help communities get the emergency support that they need to recover from this crisis. 

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Destruction after riots in Honiara. Photo: Rose Clough/Caritas Australia.
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Destruction after riots in Honiara. Photo: Rose Clough/Caritas Australia.

COVID-19 outbreak in the Solomon Islands

The small Pacific island nation is facing a disastrous outbreak of COVID-19 as case numbers have soared from zero to thousands in a matter of weeks.

There are grave concerns for the already fragile healthcare system. There are only 59 beds in the national isolation centre in Honiara, and many healthcare workers have already been infected by COVID.

Less than half of the population are vaccinated and vaccination centres have closed down because of crowding at the centres. 

This crisis comes after the riots in Honiara in November 2021, when three people were killed, over 1000 businesses were destroyed and millions of dollars lost. This civil unrest has only increased the barriers to ensuring that vulnerable communities have access to food, clean water, sanitation and a means to make a living.

Donate now to help communities through this crisis. 

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Civil unrest in the Solomon Islands impacting vulnerable communities

Rose Clough, Caritas Australia’s Program Quality Coordinator for Solomon Islands, discusses the impact that the civil unrest will have on communities already struggling with poverty and inequality.

In Papua New Guinea, an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths has hospitals nearing at full capacity, as its health system also struggles to cope with the surge in cases. Fiji is also facing huge challenges brought about by COVID-19.

The Pacific region is also particularly vulnerable to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, and other natural disasters. Many families lack access to adequate healthcare, clean water and sanitation, and when disasters strike, the steep cost of imported medical and emergency supplies puts some of the most marginalised people at risk.

We work with our partners on the ground to get food, clean water and first aid to communities as quickly as possible.

With your help, we can make sure that communities get the emergency supplies they need to survive, rebuild and recover from crises.

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We are currently providing support for communities affected by

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Student washes hands at a school in PNG. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

COVID-19 crisis in PNG

In PNG, we are working with our local church partners to distribute more than 300,000 PPE to health workers. Through your support we are also providing educational materials, handwashing training and hygiene kits (including masks and hand sanitisers) to those most at risk. Psychosocial support and sustainable livelihoods training are also a priority.

Tropical Cyclone Harold

In April 2020, Category 5 Cyclone Harold hit the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, leaving a trail of destruction, death and displacement in its wake. We worked with our partners to deliver emergency assistance including basic supplies like food, water, shelter and first aid. We continue to support affected families in their efforts to rebuild their lives.

Tropical Cyclone Yasa

In December 2020, Category 5 Cyclone Yasa hit the low-lying island of Fiji. The storm was the most powerful to hit Fiji, and displaced more than 23,000 people.  With your support, we worked hand in hand with our partners to deliver emergency assistance including food, water, shelter and first aid. We continue to support affected communities. 

When emergencies hit, we support partners on the ground with

Food, water and emergency shelter

Hygiene and sanitation kits

Medication and health services

Trauma support

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Caritas Australia team in Papua New Guinea unloads a container with PPE for frontline stuff. Photo: Caritas Australia PNG.

We're in a unique position to assist communities before, during and after emergencies. We work with local agencies throughout the world to provide emergency relief, and emergency preparation services. But we can only continue this work with the help of generous people like you.

With your help, more families in vulnerable communities around the world can learn how to reduce the impact of natural disasters on their lives, as well as be provided with essentials they need for survival: food, water, sanitation supplies and shelter.

Please give what you can so that children, women and men receive the vital supplies they need to prepare, survive, and rebuild.