Tonga’s Mormon Church Rebuilding 114 Cyclone Damaged Houses

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Tonga’s Mormon Church Rebuilding 114 Cyclone Damaged Houses Latter-day Saints help Ha‘apai ravaged by Cycone Ian

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Sept. 25, 2014) – The rebuilding of 114 core houses destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Ian in Ha’apai is expected to start next month to be completed early next year, by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Howard Niu the church’s Tonga Service Centre Manager said they have signed with local contractor Oregon Pacific International to carry out the construction.

We expect to start next month after building materials arrive from New Zealand and the United States. In the meantime, preliminary works are being carried out in preparation, he said.

The core houses will consist of one room, 3.6m x 4.8m with a separate bathroom facility, a septic tank and each installed with a 3000 litre water tank.

He said the project rebuilds homes that were completely destroyed or severely damaged by the cyclone. We hope the construction will be completed by January or February next year.

In July, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano, Elder ‘Aisake Tukuafu and Howard for the humanitarian partnership.

The money to support the project comes from the Latter-day Saints humanitarian fund made up of contributions from church members from around the world.

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