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Nov 7, 2018

Your donation at work in Indonesia

Photo from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Foundation
Photo from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Foundation

As reports began to spread of a massive 7.5-magnitude earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on September 28, it was hard to believe some of the first images that reached the media, like the cellphone video of a 15 foot-high tsunami sweeping through the coastal city of Palu, or the aerial photos showing how soil liquefaction triggered by the earthquake leveled Palu’s Balaroa neighborhood, destroying 1,747 homes.

In the days that followed, we started to comprehend the full extent of the devastation—the earthquake and tsunami had combined to claim 2,256 lives, injure 10,679, and displaced more than 206,000 people from their homes.

In response, thousands of generous GlobalGivers like you stood with the people of Indonesia in their time of need, donating more than $433,000 to fund community-led relief and recovery efforts by our trusted nonprofit partners. Here’s a look at the progress so far:

  • Yayasan Usaha Mulia has set up two emergency response centers—one in Palu and one in Donggala—to provide 1,500 affected residents with essentials like food, clean water, medicine, and shelter. Once this emergency response phase is over, they plan to transition to delivering psychosocial services to help people cope with the trauma they’ve experienced.
  • Yayasan Bukit Kehidupan Ungasan has been coordinating with local partners to distribute food, hygiene supplies, fuel, and first aid kits, and plans to rebuild and renovate a quake-damaged school.
  • Staff from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Foundation participated in search and rescue missions and distributed food, water, tents, blankets, and hygiene supplies to survivors in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. They’re now partnering with local governments to build integrated community shelters that will contain classrooms, medical clinics, toilets, clean water access, and storage for humanitarian aid supplies.
  • Team Rubicon Global staff deployed to affected communities across Sulawesi to distribute emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies, as well as perform damage assessments through the use of drones.
  • In addition to food, shelter, and medicine, people need access to information they can trust in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Lifeline Energy is distributing emergency Polaris radio lights to survivors, which provide 24/7 access to broadcast news and information, a bright LED light, the ability to charge cell phones, and need only the sun or winding by hand to operate.
  • Internews is working with local reporters and the Association of Indonesian Journalists to rebuild one of the main radio stations in Palu and develop an emergency media center to connect quake-affected communities with recovery and relief services.
  • Circle of Health International is working with local partners for safe temporary housing, food, water, and transportation for earthquake survivors.

In the months to come, we’ll continue to keep you updated on the progress of the recovery. And thank you again, not just for donating to our relief fund, but for making the smart decision to donate cash, rather than physical goods. Giving money after a disaster allows for quicker and more efficient deployment of resources and supports, rather than disrupts, local economies.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Team Rubicon Global
Photo from Team Rubicon Global
Nov 7, 2018

Update on Typhoon Mangkhut recovery efforts

Photo from Gawad Kalinga
Photo from Gawad Kalinga

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on the Philippine island of Luzon just over six weeks ago, with winds reaching 180 mph, making it the strongest typhoon to strike the Philippines since the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. The storm, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, resulted in hundreds of thousands of residents fleeing their homes for safety and 137 fatalities.

Our vetted nonprofit partners have been working tirelessly to assist survivors as they begin to recover from Mangkhut’s destruction, with generous support from 313 donors like you who’ve raised more than $80,000 to fund community-led relief and recovery efforts. Here’s how two organizations which your donation has helped support are responding:

  • Gawad Kalinga’s Philippine operations team opened evacuation shelters in northern Luzon to house and feed some of the more than 250,000 residents forced to flee their homes by the storm. Their staff is also assisting affected residents with repairs to damaged roofs, farms, and fishing boats.
  • Mercy In Action Vineyard’s prenatal clinic provides vital services to families on the island of Luzon—especially so after a disaster like Mangkhut that disrupts the healthcare infrastructure across an entire region. Mangkhut’s powerful winds tore the roof off the clinic and badly damaged the adjoining midwife guest house, so they’re now raising funds to repair these buildings and fully resume delivering their services to their community.

Stay tuned for further updates on the progress of recovery efforts—you’ll see another update in your inbox in the coming months. And thank you for making the smart decision to donate cash after a natural disaster like Typhoon Mangkhut. Giving cash rather than physical goods allows for quicker and more efficient deployment of resources and helps support, rather than disrupt, local economies.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

Nov 6, 2018

Recovery under way after devastating Lombok quake

Collapsed mosque in North Lombok after the quake
Collapsed mosque in North Lombok after the quake

The island of Lombok, home to more than 3.3 million Indonesians, was struck by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on August 5, claiming 563 lives, injuring more than 1,000, and causing more than 400,000 residents to flee their homes in search of safety. The earthquake, the strongest ever to strike Lombok, caused widespread damage—80% of structures in North Lombok were reported as either damaged or destroyed and three of the island's bridges collapsed. The powerful earthquake also resulted in significant damage to the nearby islands of Bali and Sumbawa.

As reports of the devastation made their way around the world, support from more than 750 generous donors like yourself streamed in to support our vetted, community-led nonprofit partners assisting survivors on the island. Thanks to your generosity, our partners have been able to deliver vital aid to those in need:

  • Yayasan Bukit Kehidupan Ungasan, working in coordination with IndonesiaAid, has provided medical supplies, food, and temporary shelter to survivors on Lombok, and has built temporary water storage tanks and distribution systems to provide water to areas where service has been disrupted by the earthquake. They've also arranged for caravans of volunteers to assist with clean up and construction of temporary housing until long-term community recovery plans are in place.
  • Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia is focusing on the damage in Bali, where they've constructed emergency houses made from bamboo with zinc roofs. They've also distributed mattresses, pillows, woven floor mats, and bed linens to support newly homeless families living in emergency housing.

Thank you for making the generous and smart decision to donate cash to support locally led relief and recovery efforts. As recovery efforts continue, we'll keep you updated on the progress being made by our nonprofit partners in the months ahead.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

 
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