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.
How will my donation support communities?
Improve access to clean water through the provision of water carrying containers and water tanks.
Enable training for community counsellors to support people who have been impacted and are recovering from disasters.
Replenish Caritas Tonga's emergency relief supplies so they can be distributed quickly and efficiently to people in need when disaster strikes.
With COVID-19 continuing to impact communities in Tonga, your donation can help to provide face masks, sanitiser, critical training and community awareness raising.
Where does my donation go?
The funds raised will be used to provide immediate and more long-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by natural disasters and crises in Tonga. If any funds are leftover, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control which limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Pacific Regional Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing development needs and future crises in the region.