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Caritas provides humanitarian relief to our partners in the Pacific.
Support following cyclone damage
Cyclone Evan hit the Pacific in December 2012 causing widespread destruction. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand worked with partners at Caritas Samoa to help provide food and shelter for those who have been displaced and had major damage to their homes.
Caritas partners in Fiji assisted people affected by severe floods in Fiji in January and April 2012. Caritas partnered with the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA) and People's Community Network to support people in informal settlements. Food, counselling and social support were provided to about 500 households in the worst-affected Nadi to Ba corridor, in January alone.
The project responds to helping 4500 people in the 4 villages in Daru Island access clean water through rain harvesting affected by the Cholera outbreak. Contaminated water from drinking and cooking purposes is the main reason for its rapid spread and 2 water tanks of 2000 gallons are installed.
The earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Rendova Island in January 2010 affected 500 people. The Diocese of Gizo responded to the affected communities through this project by supporting the transportation of the relief goods from the main island.
After an earthquake struck Samoa on 30 September 2009, Caritas Samoa coordinated its response with United Nations agencies, other NGOs, government agencies and the National Disaster Management Office. Caritas Samoa distributed food and non-food items, and ihelped rebuild more than 70 homes and five community centres. It also provided education support to at least 80 children.
From the assessment and evaluation by the Tongan Government through the Disaster Management Office, the 2009 tsunami in Tonga destroyed 79 houses in Niua-topu-tapu (NTT). 59 of the houses were repaired through the support from the Tongan Government and 20 families who opted to remain on their hereditary land was supported by Caritas. Thus, this project aims to build the houses of the 20 families with outside toilet and rotomould water tanks.