Brief Historical Background

Tonga Trust started from the work of the Catholic Village Womens Development Program (VWD) in 1978. The organisation was formally registered at the Tonga‟s Magistrates Court in November 17, 1983 under the name Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific/Tonga (FSP Tonga). Two years later, the name of the organisation was changed to Tonga Community Development Trust in November 17, 1985. Its mandate continued to focus on alleviation of poverty in Tongan families and communities and fostering self reliance and sustainable community development. Since its inception, TCDT has been governed by a Board of Directors and managed daily by an Executive Director.

TCDT’s headquarters is on the main island of Tongatapu. A field office was opened in Neiafu, Vavaʻu in April 1999. Since then we have also established field offices in Haʻapai and ʻEua. It is envisaged that a field office will be open in Niuafo’ou in 2009.

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