'Ako-thon' for Tonga

$11,462 donated
Given by 76 generous donors in 8 weeks

Helping Tonga's youth return to education by supporting and enabling 15 to 17 year old students to complete their final year(s) of school.

Auckland

The heartbreaking devastation in Tonga after the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano left hundreds without homes and a livelihood. As the people of Tonga slowly start to rebuild their lives, many families in Tonga will struggle with the cost of getting their children back to school.

The Akanesi Mataitonga Trust (2647473) and The Moana Trust (CC59530) have joined hands to support Tonga’s return to education. With the start of a new school year soon approaching there will be hundreds of families in Tonga without funds for school fees, uniforms and stationery.

Tongan families will naturally focus on house and vehicle repairs, and re-establishing their livelihood, with education a secondary focus for many, in the immediate and long term.

The covid19 lockdowns have shown how hard it is for kids when they can’t go to school and interact and socialise with their peers. This has a big impact on mental health and wellbeing. As online learning is not an option for most Tongan families, the long term socioeconomic consequences of missing out on education could be dire.

Based on the local needs, we believe it’s of utmost importance to get children ages 15 to 17 in the places worst affected (Tongatapu and Ha’apai) back into the classroom and across the finish line by providing funding for their fees, uniform and other school essentials.

We are raising funds by completing a 24-hour walkathon on 5 & 6 March 2022, visiting schools across Auckland, to highlight the importance of education and its pivotal role in societal and economic recovery. As well as the many benefits that education brings to youth and their families.

Funds will be provided directly to the schools and suppliers in Tonga, which also enables us to support local businesses.

Victoria Mataitonga's involvement (page creator)

A trustee of the Akanesi Mataitonga Trust, our mission is to promote the social, emotional and educational development of children and youth. Our family and friends live in Tonga and we understand the impacts of the recent volcanic eruption and tsunami.

Use of funds

Our main objective is to provide funding for school fees, uniform and other school essentials to children ages 15 to 17 in the places worst affected (Tongatapu and Ha’apai). Any additional funds will go to school children ages 15 to 17 on other islands.

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Part #1 complete - Laptops donated to Tonga  28 September 2022

Part #1 update: Back in March, Frazer walked 135km visiting 58 schools across Auckland over 24 hours, to raise funds for schoolchildren in Tonga.

We are delighted to be able to share with you that the funds raised have been used to purchase and ship 132 laptops & accessories over the last couple of months, providing schoolchildren with devices in order for them to continue their education.

Today, it was a huge privilege for us to hand over 100 of these to four high schools and Tonga Girl Guides at a ceremony hosted by Tailulu College. This was made possible of course by all of you who generously donated, and with the support of all our trustees, Saia Mataele of The Moana Trust, and Lord Fakafanua (Speaker of Parliament in Tonga). We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts 🙏🏼

Part #2 is to fund scholarships. This is ongoing.

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Latest donations

Latu
Latu on 22 Mar 2022
$20
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 08 Mar 2022
Best wishes to everyone in Tonga and in our NZ Tongan community from the children of Verran Primary School
$250
The Squibbs
The Squibbs on 07 Mar 2022
Well done Uncle Frazer. Love The Squibbs x
$20
Vili
Vili on 06 Mar 2022
An inspiration to us all. 'Ofa atu Frazer pea malo e 'ofa ki Tonga
$100
Meika, Zara, Anja & Jen
Meika, Zara, Anja & Jen on 06 Mar 2022
❤️
$40

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