What we're doing to help

Our partner in Tonga is collaboratively working with other local NGOs to help those families and communities worst affected by Cyclone Gita, and we need your help to provide material assistance. Funds previously raised through generous supporters is allowing us to respond quickly, but we still need your help.

Your donation will help us:

  • Provide material assistance, comfort and hope to these families.
  • Rebuild communities’ livelihoods and resilience to future disasters.
  • Contribute to long-term relief and recovery for cyclone affected communities. Supporting the people of Tonga to get back on their feet again!

Please help us to respond quickly through our partner on the ground by donating today.

Tearfund will respond to the crisis as a member of the Integral Alliance

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Flooded street in Tonga after Cyclone Gita

Ofa Pakalani, our local partner's Youth programme team leader, estimates that 75 per cent of the nation will be severely damaged. "A lot of houses are destroyed, and also the trees and the crops."

Cyclone Gita is the worst storm to hit Tonga in 60 years with winds of up to 278km/h. It has badly damaged buildings, downed powerlines and caused extensive flooding.

"At one o'clock in the morning the power went out, and it's still out now. The water is also off from the cyclone. Fresh water and electricity will be an issue for us." – Ofa Pakalani

Please donate generously today to help those devastated by Cyclone Gita. We will post updates as they become available.

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How you can help

When a disaster strikes and we see news of devastation it's understandable to want to help. It's important to help in the right way so the response can be as effective as possible. We strongly recommend New Zealanders give cash, not goods.

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Prayer Points

Pray for our partner Ola Fou Pasifika Youth Development working with and through local churches and their network of students and staff. These young people are assessing the damage and coordinating with other agencies.

  • Pray for wisdom for Ola Fau team leader Ofa Pakalani and the staff of the National Disaster Management Office in Tonga.
  • Pray for generous donors to give to the Cyclone Gita appeal
  • Praise God for the disaster risk reduction training that Ola Fau have received in the last few years with assistance from Tearfund and the NZ government. In the lead-up to Gita, they’ve been distributing 72-hour emergency packs, preparing homes and preparing evacuation centres with supplies.
  • Pray that God will intervene to weaken the Cyclone Gita and direct its path away from Fiji
  • Pray for protection from the outbreak of diseases that often follow the breakdown of sanitation after a cyclone.
  • Thank God for the initial contribution of $750,000 from the NZ government to support aid efforts in Tonga.