The aftermath of the Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami. Photo: Caritas Tonga

Tonga needs your help

The people of Tonga, who heavily rely on the ocean as a source of food and income, are struggling to recover from the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano eruption, tsunami and ashfall.

With your support, we can respond quickly to the changing needs of communities affected by natural disasters and related crises in Tonga.

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Caritas Tonga staff unloading supplies. Photo credit: Caritas Tonga.
Caritas Tonga staff unloading supplies. Photo credit: Caritas Tonga.

The volcano eruption and tsunami affected 84 per cent of Tonga's population. Many homes in coastal areas were inundated with seawater and some small islands were completely flooded. Telecommunications were completely cut off for more than one month

The people of Tonga are in need of

  • Clean drinking water 
  • Shelter for families 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. 

Caritas Australia is working in partnership with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Caritas Tonga to respond. Caritas Tonga is also working with the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) and Tongan National Youth Council to distribute stock.

Give what you can today to help communities get the emergency support that they need to recover from natural disasters and crisis. 


The Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami affected 84 per cent of the country's population. Photo: Caritas Tonga

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can provide two families with water and sanitation kits

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Can provide warm blankets to families living in a refugee camp

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible

Donate today to support vulnerable communities to recover in the wake of devastating disasters. 

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How will my donation support communities?

Clean water

Improve access to clean water through the provision of water carrying containers and water tanks.

Psychosocial support

Enable training for community counsellors to support people who have been impacted and are recovering from disasters.

Emergency supplies

Replenish Caritas Tonga's emergency relief supplies so they can be distributed quickly and efficiently to people in need when disaster strikes.

Pandemic response

With COVID-19 continuing to impact communities in Tonga, your donation can help to provide face masks, sanitiser, critical training and community awareness raising.