19 Jul 2018

Tongan NGO targets ways to avoid post-cyclone stress

From , 5:04 am on 19 July 2018

A Tongan NGO is aiming to boost the disaster preparedness of locals to help avoid some of the psychosocial issues that were created out of February's Cyclone Gita.

Ma'a Fafine Moe Famili is an organisation that works with women and families and in the aftermath of the storm targeted assisting the elderly and those with disabilities.

The group has been allocated new funding to provide psychosocial support for people who are dealing with the loss of property and homes.

The organisation's head, Betty Hafoka-Blake, told Koro Vaka'uta they are involved with and have been counselling around 200 families.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller