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School Supplies Appeal for Tonga Children

Tongan children in school

The Salvation Army is appealing for funds to meet the educational needs of children in Tonga affected by Cyclone Ian.

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

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 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.

Thank you for helping our Pacific neighbours.

Ways to donate

To make a donation to support The Salvation Army's response in Tonga:

You can also donate by:

  • Phoning 0800 53 00 00 to donate by credit card.
  • Posting a cheque to The Salvation Army, PO Box 27001 Marion Square, Wellington 6141, New Zealand. Please let us know your donation is for 'Tonga'’.

  • Making a payment by internet banking. The Salvation Army bank account is BNZ 02 0568 0091726 00. Please enter 'Tonga' under 'Particulars/Details' on your online payment form.To enable us to send you a donation receipt, please enter your supporter number (if known) in the 'Reference' field on the online payment form. If you are a current supporter of The Salvation Army, you'll find your 6 or 7-digit supporter number at the top right of any letter we send you. If you do not know your supporter number, email Public Relations with your details and we'll let you know the number.

Contact Public Relations

For all enquiries regarding fundraising, corporate partnerships and donations, please contact:

The Public Relations Director
Shane Chisholm

PO Box 27001, Wellington, 6141
Phone: +64 4 382 0744
Email: Public Relations