Donating to our Rapid Response Fund enables us to mobilise quickly when an emergency strikes around the world. Your donations will either be sent directly to our partners if we work in the affected area or we will join with the ACT alliance using their networks to provide basic necessities such as food, safe drinking water, shelter, and good hygiene practice.
On Tuesday the 6th of February, a magnitude 8.0 undersea earthquake struck the Solomon Islands and generated a destructive tsunami. Ten people have died, at least 600 households have been seriously affected, and thousands have lost their homes or gardens. The earth is still shaking, with more than 130 aftershocks recorded, and people are still hiding in the mountains away from damaged buildings or in fear of future tsunamis.
Most damage was in Temotu Province, a very remote part of the country - five days via cargo ship from Honiara. Most of the people living in the tsunami-affected areas are Anglican, and civil society in the area is largely organised through the church.
Anglican Overseas Aid is working with the Diocese of Temotu to provide early recovery such as rice, cooking utensils, clothes and tents. We have already provided 100 solar lights to households, as part of our emergency relief efforts.
Future plans to help rebuild affected communities include helping rebuilding the Mothers’ Union Resource Centre in Luava, Temotu. This centre is still standing but was completely flooded by the tsunami. Everything inside was ruined, including all their computer equipment. This centre provides income for the Mother Union as it provides accommodation plus a safe place for women fleeing family violence in such a remote area.
Anglican Overseas Aid’s Autumn appeal (which you will receive in your mailbox in a few weeks) focuses on gender based violence in the Solomon Islands, an issue that is always heightened in an emergency situation.
Please help us to raise $10,000 to support the Diocese of Temotu to provide rice, clothing and shelter
Anglican Overseas Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, and a signatory to the ACFID code of conduct.
All donations to Anglican Overseas Aid are tax deductible.
If funds received exceed the requirements of an emergency appeal these will be directed to other urgent Anglican Overseas Aid programs.