Thursday, 15 February 2018
How You Can Help Tonga and Other Pacific Islands After Cyclone Gita
Tropical cyclone Gita has battered Tonga in the worst storm to hit the country in decades. When a disaster strikes the best help is donating money to an experienced organisation who can get help quickly to the people who need it most, and using local resources, where possible.
Here's how you can help from home:
From New Zealand:
The New Zealand Red Cross
The New Zealand Red Cross Pacific disaster relief fund ensures the Red Cross can respond quickly and efficiently to assist with the damage in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.
The link to donate is https://www.redcross.org.nz/donate/pacific-disaster-fund or if you are in New Zealand can text Red Cross to 4644 to automatically donate $3.
Christian World Service
The Christian World Service has set up a fund for Tonga. For more information please click this link:
Tearfund New Zealand
Tearfund New Zealand is collaboratively working with other local NGOs to help those families and communities worst affected by Cyclone Gita. To find out more or donate please follow this link:
Oxfam New Zealand
Oxfam New Zealand is also supporting emergency response in the Pacific.
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand
Habitat for Humanity have started an Emergency Response Disaster Fund for those impacted by Cyclone Gita.
Donate and help rebuild communities in Tonga and those affected by cyclone Gita here https://www.habitat.org.nz or contact your local branch here.
Free Chuch of Tonga
People in Auckland who want to make donations or drop off food can contact the Reverend Iveni Tomu at the Free Church of Tonga in Māngere on 09 376 462.
Red Cross Australia
For one week beginning Monday 12 February, donations to Red Cross Australia Disaster Relief and Recovery will go towards Cyclone Gita response and recovery efforts. The public can donate by: • visiting www.redcross.org.au/disaster • calling 1800 811 700 to make a donation via credit card All donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery work over $2 are tax deductible.
Care Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation. Last year, CARE directly reached more than 14 million people through humanitarian response work. Donations to CARE’s Global Emergency Fund can be made at www.care.org.au/emergency.