The Kingdom of Tonga is home to the finest vanilla in the world, cultivated with utmost care by our team of skilled growers. At Heilala, we cherish the value of community. The people of Tonga are not just our partners, colleagues, workmates, family and friends, but the very heart and soul of our enterprise. Every day, we strive to make a difference in the well-being and lives of the Tongan communities we partner with.
As a South Pacific island, the Kingdom of Tonga is prone to tropical cyclones and natural disasters. Often entire households are destroyed or washed away. Aid shipments and resources can take a while to reach the people who really need them. The Heilala Vanilla Foundation provides immediate relief using their network and knowledge to get shipments delivered within days, supplying crucial items such as food, clothing and first-aid supplies.
Following the 2022 eruption and tsunami the Heilala Foundation sent:
Pallets of Food
Pallets of Clothing
Pallets of Household Supplies
We know what a difference the right equipment can make to a child’s learning. The Heilala Vanilla Foundation has worked with schools across ‘Eua and Vava’u to improve school life providing school desks and chairs, whiteboards, stationery supplies, sports equipment and uniforms.
“Until we received the donations, we were just a school getting by. I wish those that donated to the Heilala Vanilla Foundation were here to witness the happy faces and our big ‘Eua smiles when everyone walked into the classrooms. That is the look of hope and drive to study hard and to enjoy school with their friends and of course the teachers. Just priceless. Thank you x 100 to Heilala Vanilla.”
Working in partnership with MORDI toward the completion of their extensive shade house which will see over 15,000 vegetable seedlings and fruit tree plants distributed annually to Tongan villages and communities.
Socio-economic benefits to Tongan communities include:
Improved Food Security
Quality seedlings promotes diverse crops, leading to increased food production
Farmers cultivate crops using high-quality seedlings and surplus can be sold in local markets
Strengthening the agricultural sector’s capacity to withstand climate change impacts