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Emphasis on people living with disabilities for disaster preparedness

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 29/10/2019

The government is working on helping people who are most vulnerable to disasters be more prepared before, during and after an event of a natural disaster. Earlier this year, the safety and Protection Cluster of the Ministry of Internal Affairs granted more than $50,000 Pa’anga to the Naunau ‘o ‘Alamaite Tonga Association (NATA), MIA Church Leaders Desk and the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC) to help address the issue.

The purpose of the program is to provide necessary social skills and support that will help built resilience and increase capacity on any natural disaster.

In a Press Release, the CEO of the Ministry of Internal Affairs states It is vital to promote this kind of social programming that reaches directly into the community as Tonga heads into the next cyclone season.

The program was in two part, first is conducting Trauma Counselling as a follow up to people with disabilities after Cyclone Gita last year and second is a Psycho-Social Support Program.

The first program began in March last year in 22 villages that was the most affected from tropical cyclone Gita in Tongatapu and the second program includes 10 villages in ‘Eua.

Meanwhile, the TNYC’s youth delegation is prepared to carry out water purification activities on individual households, churches and school’s water tanks in Tongatapu Constituencies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 10 including 13 households in ‘Eueiki to avoid being contracted with diseases.

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