Our Stories

  • “We are farmers. We clear the land and plant again when heavy rain knocks down our crops and vegetables. But it is more difficult now to manage it because rains are unpredictable and heavier.”

  • "I was about to open my shop, and then the floods came and destroyed everything. I was left with the payment for the groceries I bought for my shop. We were still trying to recover from the first flood when the second one hit. The flood water came as high as the roof and we could not save anything but our daughter".

  • Today, it’s a different scene in Ha’apai compared to January after Tropical Cyclone Ian, a Category 5 system - the most powerful ever recorded in Tongan waters - passed directly over the northeast islands of Ha’apai. Many homes repaired, much of the debris removed, fences for livestock rebuilt, continued and regular harvesting of vegetables and crops, tourists have returned and women are weaving again.

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