Indonesia Emergency Appeal update

All We Can and The Methodist Church in Britain are supporting the people of Indonesia, following the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi on 28 September 2018 and the devastation caused to the Sunda Strait on 22 December 2018. The Indonesia Emergency Appeal is now closed but the support we are able to provide because of generous donations made will be ongoing until October 2020. We will update this page with progress.

  • On Friday 28 September, a deadly earthquake struck Indonesia which triggered a tsunami. Waves, more than three metres high, swept across the land destroying almost everything in their wake. More than 2000 people lost their lives, more than 40,000 people were displaced
  • On Saturday 22 December, a tsunami, believed to be caused by undersea landslides triggered by the new eruptions of the Anak Krakatau volcano, crashed into villages on the strait that separates the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. This tsunami wave destroyed buildings and homes along the coast.

In the emergency phase of both disasters All We Can supported relief efforts with the provision of food, hygiene and sanitation equipment, cooking tools, clothing, blankets and temporary shelter supplies. Hundreds were able to receive these items.

April 2019 update

In humanitarian emergencies, All We Can responds quickly to provide finances for immediate life-saving food, medical care, water and shelter, but also supports affected communities over the long term.

Over the next 18 months All We Can will be working in the Sulawesi region to respond to the long-term needs of the communities there. Through one of its trusted humanitarian aid partners, All We Can will be supporting the following activities:

The construction of latrines. All We Can will also be supporting the distribution of more hygiene kits to young people and children and training in schools and communities in good hygiene practices.
• The construction of new earthquake resilient homes for families that lost theirs in the earthquake.
Livelihood recovery: Supporting earthquake affected families in the community of Solo Delatan so they can begin to recover their livelihoods, agricultural production, and/or small businesses, becoming more self-reliant.
• The provision of psychosocial support activities to help communities cope with trauma
Preparedness activities: Helping villages become better at preparing for disasters by working with them to develop disaster management plans.

Faidan was six-years-old when his family were caught up in the crisis caused by the Sulawesi tsunami and earthquake.

“He was fishing with his father when the tsunami happened,” explained a displaced persons camp coordinator. “His father was thrown off the boat by a big wave and had to swim through it to catch the boat where Faidan was standing, terrified. It is a miracle that they are both still alive.” For the days following the disaster, Faidan was really different from the young talkative boy the people in the village were used to talking to. “He wanted to stay alone, he was not talking to anyone,” explains Fondi. “But now, two months later, he is doing better. Children show resilience and teach us that there is always hope, even when things become really hard.”

Families like Faidan’s received temporary shelter kits funded by the All We Can Indonesia Emergency Appeal. This enabled them to create private, safe tents. All We Can is now working in Sulawesi to create longer-term solutions for communities affected by this disaster.

Image: All We Can/Medair/Paola Barioli