Habitat for Humanity launches an appeal for relief support for earthquake and tsunami-affected families in Indonesia
Oct 04, 2018

MANILA (Oct. 4, 2018) -- In the aftermath of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated Palu and nearby areas of Sulawesi island in Indonesia, Habitat for Humanity is responding to the relief and emergency shelter needs of disaster-affected families.

As search and rescue continues around the clock, government reports indicate a death toll of more than 1,400 and the number is expected to increase. The deadly earthquake and waters has destroyed more than 65,000 homes and displaced thousands of people from communities in Palu, Dongala, Pariti Mougong, Sigi and other areas.

"Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific vice president of Habitat for Humanity said, “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."

A small team from Habitat for Humanity is conducting assessments in the hard-hit areas of Palu and Dongala to check on the extent of damages and determine a response plan. Right now, the urgent need is to provide those affected with basic essentials, including emergency shelter kits to help them cope with the devastating impact of the disaster.

The Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami hit less than two months after a series of strong earthquakes, including a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, hit Lombok island in August. Organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, are now working doubly hard together with partners from the humanitarian sector, businesses, government agencies, local communities, volunteers and supporters to respond to both disasters.

During the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake and the 2004 Bali tsunami, Habitat for Humanity’s response supported more than 8,000 families, helping them rebuild their homes and start anew. When responding to earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods and other natural calamities, Habitat for Humanity is in it for the long haul working with disaster-affected communities from the start. From mobilizing volunteers to help communities with rubble and debris clearing to working with families to build stronger homes that are less vulnerable to future disasters.

Support Habitat for Humanity’s disaster response efforts:
• Donate online at bit.ly/Give2Sulawesi;
• Donate via bank transfer to Habitat for Humanity Indonesia’s bank account at Bank Central Asia - BCA 210.300.2958 Account name: Habitat Kemanusiaan Ind Yay please add number code “1” in your donation (ex Rp 500.001) and email the proof of transfer to Finance@habitatindonesia.org;
• For corporate giving and partnerships, please contact Habitat for Humanity Indonesia’s Resource Development Director, Tommy Pacatang at tommy@habitatindonesia.org or +62 896-6105-8196.

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In the Asia-Pacific region since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported more than 3.5 million people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org/asiapacific.

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Aaron Aspi
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