Crisis Response in Indonesia

In Indonesia, AJWS supports grassroots organizations fighting for the rights of communities displaced by the dual tsunamis and resulting earthquake of 2018 — communities that, in the wake of these disasters, have been ignored by their government.

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 in coastal towns and left a path of utter destruction. Nearly 170people were killed — with hundreds more injured and others still missing as some towns remain 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, 2018. The death toll from these disasters is nearly 2,400 and continues to climb. Nearly 170,000 people remain displaced.

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
  • Train local volunteers to monitor and evaluate the progress of reconstruction, ensuring accountability

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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