The Palu & Donggala Relief project was initiated by Yayasan Usaha Mulia's board member, Mrs. Farah Diba Agustin, who felt compelled to help the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami and volunteered to go herself to Palu and Donggala. After setting up a team of 5 people and receiving an initial funding of $5,000 from friends and organisations around the world (Susila Dharma organisations and individual donors), the team started collecting data on where the assistance was most needed. The team also started purchasing basic necessities and medicines for the disaster victims. Thanks to Mrs. Agustin's close connections with the local government, many of the boxes of supplies were sent in military planes straight to Palu.
On the first day of the team's arrival, they visited several of the affected areas. One of these is the neighborhood of Balaroa where some 1,747 houses were swallowed up when the earthquake caused the soil to liquefy in an area of 47.8 hectares. Another affected area is Talise Beach where the tsunami of 2.5 meters struck the area during the annual Palu Nomoni festival. That evening, the team together with local volunteers started preparing the food packages that were to be distributed to different villages during their 6-day trip.
Altogether, the team visited 7 shelters and distributed close to 1,000 aid packages comprising ready-to-eat nutritious food, rice, water, medicine and basic health equipment. Whenever possible, the team also spent time with the community, especially the children, to help with simple trauma healing activities.
Thanks to GlobalGiving's generous donation, we have received funding to continue distributing basic needs for the next two months. However, your help is still very much needed! The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami will affect these people for many more months to come, possibly years. Besides basic needs, they will need trauma healing sessions and that is where your help is most needed. Hopefully we can count on you to continue supporting the people of Palu & Donggala.
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