Tropical Cyclone Gita, the worst storm to hit the South Pacific in 60 years, slammed into Tonga on February 12, bringing down electricity lines, smashing homes and churches, and leveling fruit trees and crops vital to the nation's livelihood.
The Tonga Leitis Association drop-in centre, which serves as a shelter for LGBT youth rejected by their families and communities, suffered severe damage.
While international aid agencies have started to respond, such crises render vulnerable gender and sexual minorities invisible and ignored.
The Tonga Leitis Association is in urgent need of help to repair the roof that was torn off its centre and to provide emergency supplies and services to its members and their families who lost everything.
All funds raised will go toward building materials, and the delivery of food, water, medical and other essential supplies. Please help us restore and rebuild the lives of TLA members and the broader LGBTQI community in Tonga through these efforts.
No matter how large or small, every donation will make a difference in the lives of people in dire need. THANK YOU for your support!
The Tonga Leitis Association and its amazing members are also profiled in Leitis in Waiting, a new documentary film, produced in association with Pacific Islanders in Communications, being released soon. Learn more and follow the impact campaign HERE.