Aid to Tonga following volcanic eruption and tsunami
Over a month after the volcanic eruption and tsunami that devastated Tonga, the full extent of the damage is only now being realised.
The World Bank’s impact assessment report found 85 per cent of the country’s population was affected by the unprecedented eruption that created waves strong enough to flatten islands. In addition to damaged homes, infrastructure and displaced people the countries tourism and agriculture has been severely impacted.
Following an appeal, the Order of Malta Australia has raised in excess of $55,000 to provide aid to the people of Tonga.
As a first step in our aid program, the Order has sponsored a forty-foot shipping container to transport items that have been collected by the Catholic Tonga community in Sydney to be delivered to the people of the Island of Atata, and the villages of Ha’atafu, Kanokupolu, Ha’akili, Kolovai, Ha’avakatolo and Fo’ui. We are also sending 200 of our Care packs containing anti-bacterial wipes, masks, socks, dental care items and soaps. We have also purchased, rosary beads, nappies and female sanitary items for distribution.
This initiative is being led by Consoeur Deirdre Page in collaboration with Fr Aliki Langi from the Holy Name of Mary Parish Hunters Hill, NSW (pictured). The initiative is supported by the Tonga’s High Commissioner. Princess ʻAngelika Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho.