Pacific Emergency Appeal

Caritas Australia works in partnership with local agencies across the Pacific to provide emergency relief. Over the years, Caritas Australia has implemented a variety of emergency responses and appeals including Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, 2015, and Cyclone Winston in Fiji, 2016. The Caritas network is currently responding to the Cyclone Gita relief effort in Samoa and Tonga.

Destruction from Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, 2015

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Donate to the Pacific Emergency Appeal

Donate to our Pacific Emergency Appeal to provide assistance to communities affected by emergencies. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

Our Current Responses

Cyclone Gita

The Caritas network is responding to the Tropical Cyclone Gita relief effort in Samoa and Tonga.

The cyclone passed through Samoa on Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 February, 2018, and made landfall in Tonga on Monday, 12 February, 2018. The cyclone, which was a Category four when it reached the Tongan islands of Tongatapu and Eua, affected thousands of people across the nations and has damaged homes and buildings. There are reports that approximately 70 percent of Tonga’s population has been affected.

The cyclone passed through some of the Fiji islands and made landfall in New Zealand on Tuesday, 20 February.

The wider Caritas network across Oceania is assisting with the relief effort including Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Caritas Samoa and Caritas Tonga. Caritas Australia is in contact with these partners and will continue to provide updates on the situation.

Caritas Australia is also supporting the relief effort in Tonga through the Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CAN DO) consortium.

Learn more about the Caritas Australia and CAN DO response.

How you can help

Your donation to the Pacific Emergency Appeal will enable Caritas Australia to provide immediate assistance to communities affected by these emergencies, as well as long-term reconstruction.

Donate to Pacific Emergency Appeal to assist communities in need. Donations $2 and over are tax deductable.

Caritas Australia works hard to keep administration costs low and ensure your donation has maximum impact. For more information view our annual reports or contact us on 1800 024 413.

*Donations to the Pacific Emergency Appeal will be used for humanitarian emergency response activities in the Pacific region where communities may be affected by natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes or drought, or man-made disasters such as conflict, famine, displaced populations or industrial accidents. Beyond that, funds may be used to help rebuild homes and communities, to re-establish livelihoods, and to help communities prepare for future disasters.