Indonesia

With no warning, a deadly tsunami struck Indonesian coastlines on December 22, 2018, the result of volcanic activity under the sea.

Devastation in Indonesia

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The Problems

With no warning, a deadly tsunami struck Indonesian coastlines on December 22, 2018, the result of volcanic activity under the sea. The rising waters swept people away, crushed homes as it inundated coastal towns, leaving a path of destruction. Nearly 400 people are dead with many more injured and others still missing with some towns now unreachable.

Tragically, this is the second devastating tsunami to hit Indonesia this year, following one triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in late September. The death toll from these disasters is over 2,500 and climbing.

Right now, our community of Jewish global citizens is helping the people of Indonesia recover from these two tsunamis. We are providing local Indonesian organizations immediate humanitarian aid.

Our Response

AJWS is staying the course with our longstanding strategy for natural disaster relief: collaborating with local organizations to understand exactly what they need, and who needs it most.

We opened the Indonesia Disaster Relief Fund and set to work with local partners to provide immediate material aid and to plan for the long, difficult road ahead: rebuilding lives utterly torn apart by these disasters.

AJWS is currently supporting organizations that are working to:

  • Distribute relief packages for mothers with young children and babies
  • Reconstruct homes that are resilient and environmentally-friendly, in locations best-placed to withstand future disasters
  • Establish a community center and free kitchen run by local women
  • Empower youth and women’s groups to lead recovery efforts for the most vulnerable communities

AJWS will remain flexible in our approach supporting survivors of this disaster, and we’re working to reach those who often benefit less from traditional humanitarian aid.

 

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