The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.
“Since our body is mostly cover with water it is very important that we consume clean healthy water to help us grow and to keep our body healthy” said Mausa Halahala, D.R.R and environment coordinator
With the fact of making sure that all have safe drinking water to drink from. the water purification team, lead by Mausa Halahala travel to ’Eua to purified the drinking tanks of the schools of ’Eua.
“We have travel here to ’Eua to purified all the drinking water tank of all the school here at ‘Eua” said Mausa Halahala “ ‘Eua is one of the island that was cripple by cyclone Gita and we are here to do the same purification as we did at Tongatapu, for the schools of this island”
‘Eua have 10 schools in the is- land from kindergartens to secondary school each school had one tank purified so that each school would have safe drinkable water.
“I am grateful that TNYC did this to our water tank here at our school” said one of the students at ’Eua High School (EHS) “Yes our water tank was drinkable before but seeing these guys performing the treatment to our water has given me comfort that our water is now 100% clean and it is much more safer to drink from”
The team to ‘Eua was divided in to three groups. The first team was the purification team that perform purification not only for the schools tank but also a few household tank as well as some church’s water tank.
The next team was the hygiene team. This team lead by Savelio Lavelua was the team that goes our to each schools and donate hygiene kit’s for the schools.
“It was a privilege’s joining this team and making sure that not only TNYC is purifying the water tank they are also contributing in making sure that the school has hygiene kits to be use” said Savelio Lavelua “I think the greatest comment that me and my team had was from EHS when they said we have enlighten their eyes that their kids need such supply and they will try to continue supplying the hygiene kits even when our supply run out”.
The last team that when to ’Eua was the survey team lead by ‘Ana Vainga.
“Our team have come see just how well our purification team have done” said ‘Ana Va’inga “Yes we are here to collect all comments about the performant our boys have done to the water tank of ‘Eua”
All team have return back to Tongatapu but they have mark the significant of ensuring safe drinking water in the island of ’Eua
On February 12 the devastating wind of cyclone Gita cripple the main island of Tonga, Tongata- pu and ‘Eua.
Just right after the cyclone Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC) team up with government agencies and other non- government organization in delivering responses throughout Tonga.
Now it have been months after the cyclone Gita, Tonga is on the recovery road, so TNYC have team up with Oxfam New Zealand in creating a nursery and green house to carry out their recovery plans.
“We have over 700 organic growers across Tonga” said Navuso Tuaimei’api, Technical Organic Advisor “but this recovery plan consisted on the growers here at Tongatapu and the organic growers of ‘Eua. This is because these are the two main
is- land that cyclone Gita impact the most”
Phase one of the recovery plan of is to build a green house to grow vegetables in it and be given to the organic growers to plan and harvest.
“Our recovery plan target 800 families to help” said Navuso “These families are not just pick from our organic families, but also we plan to reach out to dis- abilities as well as widows that are in need of help”
The Future Organic Farmers of Tonga (FOFT) division have started the first step by doing a nursery and are now waiting for these vegetables to grow so it may given to organic growers, disabilities household and widows
“Each household will receive a total of 175 vegetables to grow in there garden” said Mr. Tuimei’api “we will each give
household Onion, Tomato, Cu- cumber, Lettuce, Cabbage, Pumpkin and Beans”
The first distribution that FOFT will do is to Nakolo and Kolomotua, after that ‘Eua is on the next distribution.
“Our first step have been taken toward giving back to the community and to our growers” said the Technical Organic Advisor “Now it just a matter of time when we will deliver our first order to our parties”
Phase one of the recovery plan have been activated and phase two will be soon enough.
For over 25 year Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC) is still playing the leading role in youth development program for Tonga and have work diligently in training as well as raising awareness and advocating on behalf of the youth of Tonga since then.
On April 5th TNYC Alcohol Awareness Team went to Tupou College Toloa (TCT) to do an awareness program on alcohol and tobacco, it was facilitated by Savelio Lavelua (TNYC Board Member, Life skill master Trainer and now ‘Apifo’ou School Counseling Officer)
“We got an invitation from the two counselor of TCT Tevita Eukaliti and Dorothy Bryce” said Savelio Lavelua “these counselors identified from working with students that there is a raising concern toward students increasing consumption of alcohol as well as tobacco and drugs”
According to the identified issued from the counselor, 60% of the college is smoking tobacco or have been introduce to drugs. Drugs Alcohol & Substance Abuse is the sixth issues on youth top ten issue for Tonga.
“We had a great program at Toloa” said Mausa Halahala “students show up to the program with anticipation to learn about something new about alcohol, tobacco and drugs and how it’s affect their mental health, physical health and the impact in their life as well as their families and friends.
When the night ended, students had expanded their knowledge on how these substances can affect their life and their education. They left with the message of making the right choice now and not used drugs will give them a much healthier life as well as a better future.
The awareness to Toloa college have also make other High School to also stand up and relook at their students in relation to alcohol, tobacco and substance used. The work will continue to other schools that has already contact TNYC for this awareness program.
TNYC Response Plan to Gita Cyclone is two phase one is the first response and the sec- ond phase is the recovery. TNYC have done a similar work in Ha’apai in 2014 with cyclone Ian.
The work that TNYC has done on the response phase is with the WASH Cluster. The first assessment with NEMO than the distribution of Hygiene kits to Evacuation center and indi- vidual home, distribution of hy- giene kits, shelter kits, kitchen kits, tarps to People Living with disability, single head house- hold mother , widow and all female household with their living property being damage by the cyclone. This work has been done with the Women Crisis Centre, NATA (Naunau ‘o e ‘Alamaite Tonga Associa- tion) organization. There has also a building of temporary shelter, toilet, bathroom and cleaning of debris from around the house of the women and people living with disability.
Phase 2 of the Response isthe Water Purification. TNYC Water Team have gone to Pri- mary and Secondary School around Tonga to work using the sky-hydrant water purifica- tion system to clean tank as well as cleaning the guttering system and treat the water.
There has been a total of 14 Schools, two church hall, and 2 household of people living with disability that has their water purify and clean cement tank and guttering system. Mausa Halahala the TNYC DRR Coordinator said that they have approximately puri- fied up to 200,000 plus liter of water.
This work have seen TNYC work together with Geological Department as well as the Min- istry of Health. The work will continue until the 8 of April and the response phase finish than TNYC will continue with the recovery phase which we will be looking at working with farmer on livelihood work with planting material, seedling as well as training.