Tonga Volcano and Tsunami Relief Fund

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Tonga Volcano and Tsunami Relief Fund

Project Report | May 17, 2022
An update on your donation to the Tonga Volcano and Tsunami Relief Fund

By Victoria Mendez | Disaster Response Associate

Photo: Civil Society Forum of Tonga
Photo: Civil Society Forum of Tonga

When Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai—an underwater volcano in the South Pacific—spewed ash miles into the air and sent shockwaves across the Tongan islands in January 2022, it became one of the largest explosions of this century. The tsunami that followed with 50-foot waves destroyed agriculture, polluted water supplies, and disrupted critical infrastructure. But thanks to your generosity, the people of Tonga were able to come together and respond to their communities' immediate needs for food, clean water, and other essentials in the aftermath of the disaster. 

The Tonga Volcano and Tsunami Relief Fund has powered one grant to a high-impact and community-led coalition of nonprofit organizations at the forefront of this crisis. Our team wanted to share a reflection from Keasi, the Executive Director of the Civil Society Forum of Tonga, about the impact of your gift: 

"'Ko e Koloa 'a Tonga ko e Fakamalo’ is a popular Tongan proverb that translates to 'The expression of gratitude is the treasure of Tonga.' The impact of this grant will be very much appreciated with deep heartfelt gratitude by all Tongans who will be benefitting from it, especially those whose lives were impacted by the events of 15th January 2022."

The Civil Society Forum of Tonga (CSFT) is the umbrella organization for civil society organizations across Tonga’s 30+ inhabited islands. CSFT was established in 2001 to empower and strengthen its network of civil society organizations. Together, they are constructing greenhouse spaces, developing their cash for crops program, and establishing water purification services at local schools and on heavily populated islands.

Your support of the GlobalGiving Tonga Volcano and Tsunami Relief Fund is advancing community-led recovery, and it means people like Keasi received critical resources to help their community rebuild after the eruption and tsunami. 

This fund is no longer accepting donations, and this will be the last fund report of this kind from our team. We hope you’ll stay in touch! 

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With gratitude,

Victoria + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: Civil Society Forum of Tonga
Photo: Civil Society Forum of Tonga
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