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Safety Cluster handed out funds to NGO’s who provided psychosocial support after Gita

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,16/07/2018

Three non-governmental organizations who are members of the Safety and Protection Cluster were granted funding to support social programming, along with the purchase of 20 water tanks for female headed households in ‘Eua.

The funds given to Tonga Red Cross Society, Ma’a Fafine Mo e Famili and Women and Crisis Centre were part of the $300,000 pa’anga that was allocated from the National Emergency Recovery Committee to the Safety and Protection Cluster.

It aims to provide psychosocial support and to enact social provisions that would assist individuals who went through hard times after they’ve lost their homes when cyclone Gita made landfall in Tonga.

Tonga Red Cross Society conducted psychosocial support and also the first responder organization to the cyclone.

Ma’a Fafine Moe Famili will continue this type of support to Tonga’s most vulnerable individuals, as well as disaster awareness training in Tongatapu, ‘Eua, ‘Eueiki and ‘Atata.

The third NGO is the Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC) and they are to purchase 20 water tanks for ‘Eua.

WCCC has been conducting ongoing psychosocial support throughout Tongatapu and ‘Eua since February, they have identified water as one of the most pressing need for ‘Eua.

The  Chairman of the Safety and Protection Cluster -‘Onetoto ‘Anisi, expressed his gratitude for the fund allocated for their cluster and said the needs of the most vulnerable individuals were a constant concern and a priority for the cluster.

He adds they are hoping that these coordinated efforts address the most vulnerable needs of those affected in Tongatapu and ‘Eua.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs will continue to coordinate and monitor these activities working in partnership with the Safety and Protection Cluster and local communities in the next following months.

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