On August 5, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Lombok, killing 515 people and severely damaging around 85,000 homes. Thousands of families have been rendered homeless and many are displaced and staying in poor quality emergency shelters. Key water and sanitation infrastructures, including water distribution networks, have been destroyed and pose a serious public health hazard.
In less than two months - September 28, 2018, past 6 PM, Friday, the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia was hit by a powerful 7.5 earthquake, triggering 2-meter tsunami waves followed by aftershocks. More than 2000 perished from the deadly earthquake and waves that destroyed more than 65,000 homes leaving thousands displaced. These figures of destruction could easily go up as search and rescue workers and response teams continue to work round the clock to reach hard-hit communities in Palu, Dongala, Pariti Mougong, Sigi and nearby areas.
Habitat Indonesia will support the reconstruction of houses, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, and other community assets. The three-phase disaster response plan to support thousands of families in their transition from relief to recovery and reconstruction is expected to take three years or more.
Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific vice president of Habitat for Humanity said, “As the festive season of giving approaches, we continue to appeal to the public to help build lasting change in the lives of families that Habitat is supporting in the disaster-hit areas of Sulawesi and Lombok, Indonesia. Because of the massive needs, we must do more.”
Habitat Indonesia initially dispatched two generator sets and distributed 300 emergency shelter kits and 150 WASH kits to help disaster-affected families in Sigi District in Central Sulawesi. Emergency shelter kits comprised of dust mask, tarps, gloves, shovel, hoe, hammer, crowbar, ropes, machete, saw, nails, and sack. WASH kits comprised of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and detergent.
In Lombok, a water committee was organized and mobilized to work with Habitat staff to facilitate the construction of a water reservoir that can serve up to 951 families or 3,456 people in 3 sub-villages in Sajang. Raising awareness about the project through community socialization, the water committee also helped Habitat Indonesia to create construction guidelines and labor payment system for the local workers. Guidelines were set to make sure that water reservoir construction meets quality standards that were approved by the Department of Public Works who surveyed the project area and approved the water reservoir’s design and construction.
Other shelter interventions include rubble and debris clean up; setting up transitional shelters and supporting families with financial support. Upcoming WASH interventions include distribution of water filters and construction of individual toilets and communal water facilities.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the displaced communities and families who lost their homes and loved ones. It is heartbreaking to see once thriving communities now reduced to rubble. During this difficult time, we want to support the people of Indonesia, help them meet their immediate needs and their move towards recovery and building more resilient homes in the future," Hathaway added.
Please donate now and help our brothers and sisters in Indonesia.
Other ways to donate:
Habitat for Humanity’s bank account: Bank Central Asia in Indonesia, (BCA 210,300,2958 a / n Habitat Humanity Ind Yay)
Please send your proof of transfer through email to Finance@habitatindonesia.org.
For those experiencing PayPal issues, you may also donate through this link https://www.simplygiving.com/appeal/indo-quakeandtsunami.
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