Dublin, October 9th, 2018
An earthquake, and subsequent tidal wave, that hit coastal areas of western Indonesia on September 28th have brought loss of life, displacement and widespread destruction. Some of the worst affected areas were around the western coast of Sulawesi, and the city of Palu. Most recent estimates put the number of lives lost in the disaster at almost two thousand, with well over 10,000 injured. It is estimated that some 75,000 people have been displaced, currently spread across 190 evacuation areas.
ChildFund is working on the ground with its local partner LPBI NU to help support families struggling to cope on in the immediate aftermath. A project has been initiated that hopes to bring substantial aid to affected families over the next six months, to help them get back on their feet and put their lives together. This project will see thousands of families receive kits to support their immediate health concerns, and access to live-saving WASH facilities. Child-centered spaces will be created where children can receive psycho-social support and first aid. Children’s access to education and disruption to schooling will be addressed by the provision of life skills learning and potentially, transitional education activities. Community members will be made aware of community based child protection mechanisms and/or referral systems.
Although ChildFund Ireland do not currently have an appeal supporting this project a donation can be made via our colleagues ChildFund Australia, who have projects on the ground in Indonesia and Timor East https://www.childfund.org.au/donate/indonesia-emergency-appeal/