Sulawesi Rebuilds

by Luna Allison | January 17, 2019
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Palu, Indonesia: Children participate in a demonstration on good hygiene in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi on September 28, 2018. 

On September 28, 2018, a devastating 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Sulawesi. More than 2,000 people died, 68,000 homes were destroyed, 211,000 people were displaced and more than 2 million people have been affected by the disaster in all.

Since the tsunami hit, survivors have faced extreme poverty but, thanks to donations from supporters like you, more than 100,000 people have received life-saving aid in the most affected areas, like Palu, Sigi and Donggala.

Oxfam has given out more than 20,000 hygiene kits, constructed dozens of toilets, built new water pipelines and water distribution points, distributed millions of litres of clean, safe water, and started income-generation programs to help more than 1,000 people in critical need to re-establish food security and rebuild their lives.

“While helping this many people is a great milestone in terms of our humanitarian work so far, what is far more significant in real terms is the impact this is having on people rebuilding their lives. For example, in Palu, the hard work of everyone is paying off, especially when I go into villages and meet with women and children who express their satisfaction and say Oxfam has been helping them a lot. In that moment I feel like our contribution has made a real difference.”

-Ancilla Bere, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Manager in Indonesia

The ongoing work includes much-needed temporary shelter and relocation plans for those who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

None of this would have been possible without your generous support. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for saving lives in Sulawesi!

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