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Cyclone Ian strikes Tonga

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14 Jan | 2014

The Salvation Army has launched an appeal for funds to meet the educational needs of affected children.

The Kingdom of Tonga was hit by one of the most powerful storms on record during the second weekend of January. The most serious damage from Cyclone Ian occurred on the island of Ha’apai, where many buildings collapsed and one person was killed.

The Salvation Army’s Regional Commander in Tonga, Captain Sila Siufanga, has been involved in discussions with government authorities and other NGOs about how The Salvation Army can help with relief efforts.

With children about to head back to school, The Salvation Army will initially focus its support on ensuring that children in the most affected areas are well equipped to return to school, by replacing school uniforms, stationery and supplies lost in the cyclone. The logistics for the delivery of these items will be managed from our main office in the capital of Nuku’alofa.

Captain Siufanga says, ‘It is clear that an immediate need for students in the first few weeks is their education. This is an area where The Salvation Army can be most helpful. We welcome donations that will help us to buy and deliver supplies to make the start to the new school year less traumatic for children whose lives have been turned upside down by Cyclone Ian.’

The Salvation Army has been at work in Tonga for 27 years and is a well-established and trusted presence, delivering a range of social and health programmes as well as having six church congregations.

  • The Salvation Army is only accepting monetary donations, which will be used to purchase school supplies.

Your donation will allow The Salvation Army in Tonga to replace school uniforms, stationery and supplies lost in the cyclone.

Please donate at salvationarmy.org.nz/HelpTonga

Thank you for helping our Pacific neighbours.