The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Taa'pai underwater volcano near the island of Tonga, erupted violently on Saturday, 15 January 2022. The explosion, the area's biggest in 30 years, caused a 3-mile-wide plume of ash, steam, and gas to rise more than 12 miles above the volcano, and generated a 3+ foot tsunami that crashed ashore in coastal areas of Tonga's capital. There have been three confirmed fatalities with the toll expected to rise; and reports of catastrophic damage to structures across multiple islands. Tonga has been blanketed by a thick layer of volcanic ash, threatening the island's food and water supply. Communications has been cut off by the severing of an undersea cable, further hampering relief efforts.
Cisco Foundation has launched a $25K Volcano Eruption - Tonga Disaster Relief campaign to support the efforts of the New Zealand Red Cross and Save the Children.
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Your donation supports
Save the Children
Save the Children is raising funds to support response and recovery operations for 20,000 at-risk children and their families in Tonga, focused on providing essential supplies and cash assistance, establishing temporary learning / child friendly spaces and providing psychosocial support to children impacted by the trauma of the crisis. They will also be supporting long-term recovery activities including the renovation and reconstruction of schools and restoring water and sanitation facilities.
New Zealand Red Cross Incorporated
New Zealand Red Cross has set up a special Pacific Tsunami Appeal to support the people of Tonga and affected surrounding Pacific islands, with funds going toward providing access to safe drinking water, food, and shelter repair kits.
World Central Kitchen, Inc.
World Central Kitchen has a team on the ground in Fiji, partnering with local restaurants on Tonga that are cooking hot meals and delivering them to communities in need. They also put together thousands of dry good boxes in Fiji with food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, etc. and recently delivered the materials by ship to Tonga!