ROME, JAN 20 – ActionAid is on the field to help the population affected by the tsunami in Tonga together with local women’s organizations, which have been involved for years in the prevention and response to natural disasters and climate change. This was stated by the organization in a note specifying that it is preparing the response to the emergency through the Shifting the Power Coalition, a regional alliance that promotes the leadership of young Pacific women. “We are ready to support our partner association in Tonga to provide emergency aid to the island’s population whose lives have been devastated by the volcanic eruption and tsunami,” said Michelle Higelin, executive director of ActionAid in Australia. “The training activities we promote in Tonga’s communities have prepared young women to respond to the current emergency and assess the extent of damage to their communities. In addition to immediate relief, such as water, food and shelter, we expect psychosocial support to be a priority need, given the extent of the eruption’s destruction and its enormous impact on people’s lives and livelihoods ”. Shifting the Power Coalition partners, including ActionAid Australia, support Tongan women’s rights organization Talitha Project in responding to the emergency and ensuring that women, especially younger ones, have a voice. involved in long-term recovery. (HANDLE).