Commitment to Action

Improved Water Quality for Vulnerable Families in Tonga

Commitment by

Tonga Community Development Trust

In 2011, Tonga Community Development Trust committed to improve the access to good quality drinking water for women and children in Tonga by supporting the repair and maintenance of 300 damaged water storage tanks for rainwater harvesting. The repairs and maintenance will be carried out by one of the Tonga Community Development Trust's longest running programs--the Amatakiloa 'a Fafine Tonga Program--a membership-based program of approximately 300 village- and women-based development groups (2,000 individual women). Tonga is faced with the dual issue of increasing population growth and unreliable and inadequate water supplies. Groundwater and rainwater are the only sources of water on the island and the impacts of climate change have led to saltwater contamination of the aquifers. Additionally, many Tongan households' rainwater collection systems (the primary drinking water source for most households) have been found to be damaged or unable to withstand the impact of potential natural disasters.

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Commitment

Improved Water Quality for Vulnerable Families in Tonga

Launched

2011

Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value

$50,000

Region

Oceania

Countries

TONGA

Commitment by

Tonga Community Development Trust

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Rotomould Company, Trish Murray, NZAid, Sione Rass, Christian World Service