The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development
Caritas Gifts allow you to support Caritas’ work. When you buy a gift, making a donation on behalf of another, you help transform the lives of individuals, families and communities struggling to overcome poverty and injustice.
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Water for life
Water is essential for life – we use it to drink, cook, wash and grow crops. What if you had to walk several kilometres every day just to get a bucket of water? This gift helps provide access to safe water.
The small island eco-systems of the Pacific Islands are greatly affected by changing weather patterns and cyclones can be devastating because people rely heavily on farming and fishing.
The Tongan islands of Ha’apai is one such eco-system, as they are low lying and do not have natural reservoirs of water. This means people rely on rain-fed drinking water as the ground water is too salty to drink.
In recent years, the rainy season has not provided as much rainfall and when followed by a drought, water is in short supply.
In partnership with Caritas Tonga, we brought in new plastic rainwater-collection tanks and restored some older concrete tanks. In this way, locals have a more reliable supply of water.