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“Government signs Agreement with LDS Church to further cyclone development assistance”

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28th July 2014 A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga on July 17, to formalize agreements on the further provision of humanitarian and development assistance by the Church to residents of Ha’apai Islands that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Ian more than six months ago.

Under this agreement, the Church has agreed to repair more than 61 houses as well as construct over 116 new houses for residents in the islands of Ha’ano, Mo’unga’one, ‘Uiha, Lifuka and Foa.   

Better known as the ‘Core House’ project, the Church will build a 3.6 m by 4.8 m one-room cyclone resistant structure, with attached utilities facilities for water and sanitation. All materials, supplies and equipment for the project are funded by the Church. The Government’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) will be working together with the Church to coordinate and accommodate all the requirements for the project.  

In signing the Agreement, the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano acknowledged the Church’s instrumental response, through their active leadership and participation in a variety of activities such as provision of food, water, cleanup support and provision of temporary housing to the residents in Ha’apai, following the aftermath of the natural disaster.  

In a short statement, the Prime Minister expressed the deep appreciation of the Government of Tonga to the leaders of the Church in the Pacific Area, President Elder James Hamula and Elder O. Vincent Haleck of the Pacific Area Presidency, as well as the President of the LDS Church in Tonga, Elder Tukuafu, for considering the Government’s request for assistance during the reconstruction and rebuilding of Ha’apai.  

“The Church is pleased for this positive relationship with the Government, and the opportunity to assist and partner with the Government in rebuilding Ha’apai,” stated the Elder Tukuafu,  

The Agreement was signed in Nuku’alofa by the Lord Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (LDS), Howard Niu.   

The agreement is effective for a period of 2 years and will be under the close coordination of the Ministry of Infrastructure.    


Issued by the: The Prime Minister's Office, P.O. Box 62, Nuku'alofa, Tonga. Tel: (676) 24 644     Fax:  (676) 23 888; For media enquiries- Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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