MORDI Tonga team hopping onboard at the landing site of Fotuha’a on a good day

How We Work & Facts About Tonga

A lot of great many people love being spoon fed, to have things handed to them on a silver platter. In reality, the facts are that this encourages a state of debilitating dependence on aid, and for the unfortunate it does not bode well for them to be there. That is why MORDI Tonga works with ways to give people a sustainable way of living in order to progress from the level in which they are in.MORDI works towards helping the community realize they need to have a sense of ownership. For every decision a member makes there must be an outcome that impacts the community as a whole. Working as one and functioning like a well oiled rig through plans and activities given by MORDI, is considered a great success. Working in partnership with other organizations at an international, regional and local level, MORDI is able to deliver on their mission. It is from their aid that MORDI is able to move forward with programs and activities to remote and isolated communities throughout the Tongan islands.

Men, women and children alike are being helped by MORDI Tonga; however a greater focus is based on the women and the youth.

Yamaha outboard motor maintenance training with JICA volunteer Koichi Matsuoka aided by E.M Jones mechanic

There are five key components that inter-relate to each other in which MORDI Tonga utilizes and models their work after. It sets out the goal, objectives and key outputs for each component. Every specific activity that relates to each output is then identified and documented on an annual basis as part of the Annual Workplan and Budget (AWPB) formulation process. Move forward with programs and activities to remote and isolated communities throughout the Tongan islands.


Women of Matamaka developing 2011-2014 Matamaka Women’s Group Development Plan

COMPONENT 1 – community mobilization and planning

The first component is identified as Community Mobilization and Planning, its key objectives are as follows. The selection of active poorest communities with women and youth receiving equal advantage of the program must be effective. Community and District Facilitators must be identified and selected. Communities and specific groups must develop and agree upon a common development priority activities. Preparations are then made towards the prioritized and community action plans agreed upon. Training and financial support is provided to underpin development priorities. Communities and stakeholders then work in unison with mutual confidence, trust and respect. Village leadership continues to provide support through community consultation and with the planning process.

A majority of the minuscule community from the Lape gathering outside their town hall

COMPONENT 2 – community development

Second component is called Community Development and its key objectives are as follows. The communities are to become self confident with a common vision for growth and understanding of how to achieve their visions. Prioritized development activities are to be reviewed and implemented actively by communities and groups. Communities accessing desired resources from different sources such as self funding or outside support. The village leaders are actively supporting the implementation of all the community development activities that occur within the community. Provide short term trainings, technical advice and financial support to assist implementation of Community Development Projects. There is to be an establishment of an organizational structure at district and community level to support on going inclusive community development objectives. And finally to have at hand a clearly defined exit strategy for the MORDI support program in each village.

Booth of the Hunga Womens Group preparing for the wave of tourists onboard a cruise ship docking in Vava’u

COMPONENT 3 – economic development

Third component is classified under Economic Development and its key objectives are as follows. To ensure economic activities are undertaken on a group basis. Groups are actively planning and implementing economic activities. Groups are accessing local, village and district markets just as well as the international markets are doing. To have the groups work as a unit, a team; with confidence, transparency and trust in each other. Groups are to become self confident with a vision for growth and understanding of how to achieve their visions. Village leadership supports MORDI groups as required and understand their role post with MORDI Tonga Trust as an engagement. Group saving and credit funds operating with access to micro finance where it is required. Finally, groups are then to be trained in business skills.

‘Ikenasio Senior Programme Officer for MORDI Tonga and his team upon arrival at the wharf of Noapapu

COMPONENT 4 – programme management

The fourth component is identified as Programme Management and its key objectives are as follows. MORDI Tonga Trust staff have clear roles and responsibilities in relation to the Trustees. Maintaining of short delivery chain; so as to reduce overheads. Maintenance of overhead versus operational cost target ratios which is no less than 15%. Communities are satisfied with MORDI Team’s performance. Ensure the management team works together with the transparency, respect and trust. The management team is to accept individual responsibilities that are delivered with quality, consistency and timelines. Making sure that the management systems are in place and functioning, which includes communications, finances, reporting and so forth. Finally, that there is an ongoing communication and feedback between management team, facilitators, Board of Trustees and the communities.

Tukula ‘Inamo, NZ High Comminsioner, Minoru and town officer of Matamaka inspecting projects funded by MORDI Tonga at Matamaka Community

COMPONENT 5 – financial sustainability

The fifth and final component is Financial Sustainability and its key objectives are as follows. It is to continue productive relationships with the key donors. Collaborating on agreements with relevant development agencies where it is relevant. Funding for short and medium operational requirements are to be available on time and in full. MORDI Tonga Trust’s media profile plan to be raised. And finally, recognition of institutions as primary funds sources.