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Caritas Tonga

Caritas Tonga work first began in 1972 as Commission the Catholic Commission for Justice and Development (CCJD), under the Bishop Conference of the Pacific (CEPAC). Caritas Tonga officially became a fully fledged member of Caritas Internationalis in 2002 and is an agency for justice, peace and development of the Catholic Diocese of Tonga and Niue in two independent nations in the South Pacific – Niue and the Kingdom of Tonga.

Through such campaigns such as Disaster Awareness & Climate Change, Caritas Tonga raises public awareness about the current environmental issues threatening Tonga such as deforestation and rising sea levels.

One Caritas Tonga initiative, Tonga Community Development Programme is working to restore dignity to families with low incomes and unemployed young people so that they can eventually become self-reliant. The beneficiaries run the projects so that young people are employed in initiatives of their own making, thereby ensuring long-term sustainability.

Caritas Tonga main office in Nuku’alofa has a staff of around 10 employees and 30 volunteers to carry out the agency’s activities. In addition, to the Secretariat there are 13 Caritas Parish committees in the Diocese of Tonga and Niue.

Caritas Tonga is a member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Oceania and collaborates with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Caritas Australia to foster community and youth development, self-reliance and economic opportunities, and access to clean water and sanitation.

Caritas Updates from Tonga

  • Caritas ready as Cyclone Winston hits Fiji

Caritas ready as Cyclone Winston hits Fiji

  • 21 February 2016
The impact of Cyclone Winston on Fiji has been severe as the Pacific nation was lashed with very destructive hurricane force winds Saturday gusting to 300 kmph. The storm had earlier hit Tonga, where Caritas is now delivering aid.
  • Oceania on the frontline of climate change

Oceania on the frontline of climate change

  • 17 November 2015
Global temperatures averaging almost 1oC above normal. For people in some parts of the world, this might still seem like a technical measurement, or a future concern. For us in Oceania, it is rapidly becoming a matter of life or death.
  • Tonga, a small yet strong voice at the Lima climate change conference

Tonga, a small yet strong voice at the Lima climate change conference

  • 15 December 2014
Oceania includes an area referred to ‘The Amazon of the Seas’ because of its rich biodiversity. The region is vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and we are the first people who will experience migration as a direct result of such climate conditions.


Caritas Tonga Info


Postal Address Caritas Tonga
Catholic Diocese of Tonga and Niue Catholic Center
P.O. Box 1, Vaololoa
Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Telephone +676 26890
Fax +676 26891