7 Oct 2010

Tonga NGO for women may have to close its door next year

10:33 am on 7 October 2010

The Tonga Women and Children's Crisis Centre says it's worried that it may have to close its doors next year if it can't find funding either locally or from overseas.

The New Zealand government agency looking after official development assistance programmes, NZAID, says this country wasn't able to look at funding this centre.

Centre Director 'Ofa Kilevuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki says it's unfortunate that NZAID changed its policy and seems more focused on economic development projects now.

She says it hasn't helped that the Centre's also had an increased workload to cope with as well.

"Its a huge challenge. On the one hand we are having referrals from the High Court, referrals from the Police, referrals from the Hospital then we have people walking in as clients seeking our services. And on the other hand there is just no funding available to keep our doors open. So that's just the biggest challenge now."

'Ofa Kilevuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki says she's grateful AUSAID has provided emergency funding for them to keep operating, at least until December.