Emergency appeal in response to Tropical Cyclone Gita

Story: Anglican Missions

Graham Kenna of Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office told Radio New Zealand on 13 February that every house in Nuku’alofa had been damaged in some way.

Tonga’s Anglican Bishop, the Rt Rev ‘Afa Vaka, invited at-risk families to seek shelter in Church halls throughout Tongatapu, including St Paul’s in Nuku’alofa. Before the cyclone hit, the Youth of All Saints Church in Fasi used the Community Integrated Vulnerability Assessment (CIVA) toolkit to identify vulnerable families, including those living in flood prone areas and those living in houses that are not structurally sound. They then went from house to house to help families prepare. The young people are ready to assist in helping to assess damage and needs.

Funding from Anglican Missions will be used to assist the Tonga Episcopal Unit to support families in need following this significant event and we continue to talk with relevant partners here in New Zealand and Australia (including Anglican Overseas Aid and Anglican Board of Missions) to ensure coordination of response and recovery efforts.

Tropical Cyclone Gita caused damage in Samoa last weekend and some funding from this Appeal could be allocated to support the Church in Samoa should there be sufficient need.

To read Anglican Missions’ full announcement, click here.

To donate, click here to be taken to the Anglican Missions donation web page.

To see more details about Tropical Cyclone Gita, click here.