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Tristan da Cunha Education Trust Fund

July 2019 Storm Emergency Fund

Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic is the world's remotest community. A severe storm in July 2019 devastated St Mary's School and other facilities. Donations will help restore education on the island. See: https://tristandc.com/storm-2019-07.php
Charity Registration No: 1118779

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A hurricane force storm on the night of 18th/19th July 2019 caused significant damage on Tristan da Cunha. This tiny island with a population of just 250 people is situated in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean 0ver 1500 miles (2430 km) from nearest settlement, which makes it the world's remotest community.

Thankfully, no one was injured by the storm, and there was little damage to private homes. However, most public buildings were devastated, including the school, which had much of its roof ripped off, with the interior, books and equipment suffering wind and water damage.

The picture above of the school gives an idea of the extensive damage it suffered. Further photos of the damage to the school can be seen at: https://tristandc.com/news-2019-08-01-schoolstormupdate.php

More general pictures of the storm damage on Tristan and the latest news updates can be found at: https://tristandc.com/storm-2019-07.php

The Tristan da Cunha Association has launched an Emergeny Fund to help with the restoration effort. The JustGiving part of the appeal will specifically go towards getting education on the island back to normal, under the auspices of the Education Trust Fund (which enables UK tax payers to supplement their donations with Gift Aid). The Fund expects to make grants via the Tristan Government to pay for refurbishment of St Mary's School, which will be a major and as yet unknown expense.

As of 15th August 2019, the extent of the damage is still being assessed, but efforts are being made to make buildings watertight pending proper repairs. The remoteness of the island makes relief work very difficult to organise. There is no airport, and ships take a week to travel there from Cape Town, South Africa. The first ship carrying men and materials is due to arrive on the 17th August. Repairs are expected to take many months.



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Carmine di Pierro

9 days ago

Dear Islanders, I read your website for a very long time today and decided that I would like to visit you someday. Of course, the school should then be rebuilt.



13 days ago

Was hoping to visit the island but not possible now. Maybe I’ll get there in the future. Good luck with all the repairs.

Charles and Julia Ekins

15 days ago

With our sincere best wishes for a return to normal service as soon as possible

Lord Evans of Weardale

16 days ago

Best wishes for the reconstruction



Hugo Portu

18 days ago

I hope you can get back to normal as soon as possible.


About the charity

Tristan da Cunha Education Trust Fund
Tristan da Cunha Education Trust Fund

The Education Trust Fund of the Tristan Association supports the education and training of Tristan residents under 35 years of age. This includes help with education overseas. and help with books, educational equipment and supplies on the island in St Mary's School, the crèche and other facilities.

Charity Registration No: 1118779


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July 2019 Storm Emergency Fund

Tristan da Cunha Education Trust Fund