It has been a week and a half since a volcano erupted near the Pacific island nation of Tonga.
Air quality remains poor on the island, and while some help has arrived, much more needs to be done to help the people who live there.
When KRON4 first spoke with Sesilia Pahulu last week, she and her team at SF Enterprises and Logistics had failed to get in touch with their team, friends and family in Tonga.
Now, a week and a half later, communication is still patchy.
“Once we have a little connection, it’s really good for about a minute, two minutes. But we made contact. Everyone is well. Our facilities are fine,” Pahulu said.
SF Enterprises and Logistics is located in Oakland, but they also have a facility in Tonga.
She says that at this time the masks are essential as the ash from this volcanic eruption continues to fall.
“They clean the roof outside, come in, then come out shortly after and the ashes are there again. They were happy to know that we already had masks there.
Water and food are the other big needs.
Over the weekend, Australian and New Zealand military aircraft were able to deliver large quantities of drinking water, but more will be needed in the coming weeks.
“We’re really focused on trying to get as much water as possible out there. And obviously there are no harvests. Many crops were destroyed. So they are relying on non-perishable food right now to be able to recover their farms. »
SF Enterprises’ next shipment to Tonga will depart on February 6.
Those looking to donate water, masks or non-perishable dry food can drop them off at the Oakland facility.
SF Enterprises & Logistics, LLC
2525 Mandela Parkway Suite #1
Oakland, California 94607
They will be accepting donations until Wednesday, February 2.
Pahulu says they’re also starting to think about long-term needs as the island rebuilds.
“We are doing this for the next four crossings just to get people on their feet. But we also need to look at the long term to help Tonga’s economy after all of this.