Banner image: CEDAR’s Chief Executive Dr. Raymond Kwong passes a cooking kit to a representative of the village
It has been over two months since earthquake and tsunami hit central Sulawesi, Indonesia. In early November, CEDAR Fund’s Chief Executive Dr. Raymond Kwong and two staff visited the area. The team met and talked to the affected people, as well as monitored the relief efforts and discussed about further response to meet the needs of survivors with our local partner, PESAT.
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“By the sea, there was the tsunami; in the mountains, there were earthquake and landslides; inland, there were earthquake and liquefaction,” Yanti, a colleague of PESAT, pointed out the extensive impact of the disaster. We have seen the widespread destruction of homes, roads, and infrastructures along the coastal area, in the rural villages, and in the inland communities. PESAT was not able to reach the mountainous villages to assess the needs of the affected until 4 weeks after the disaster. Tsunami waves swept away everything – homes and fishing boats – of the coastal families. As we walked through the liquefaction communities, we saw houses were either engulfed by the soil, or being carried away by the liquefied ground up to a kilometre away.
We met traumatised families and children who are still grieving the loss of loved ones and homes. Among them, we met church leaders that are working hard to take care of brothers and sisters physically and spiritually. Some leaders acted as representatives of their congregation to voice out their needs to relief agency, while some leaders tried their best to restore and strengthen the hearts of believers.
CEDAR and PESAT have distributed aid materials to different affected families, including rice, oil, salt, cooking utensils, and personal hygiene items. We have also distributed schoolbags to students who have resumed school. After the initial assessment and observation, we estimated that the need of restoring livelihoods, building temporary shelters, and children resuming schools are to be addressed in the next phase of work.
Please stand alongside these families and children in the long journey of rebuilding life to normalcy!
- Pray for the next phase of post-disaster work of the government and non-governmental organisation; may all parties have wisdom and good collaborations on the ground
- Pray for the displaced families who are living in tents; may the Lord provide them a good shelter as monsoon season hits
- Pray for families that have lost their livelihoods or breadwinners; may the merciful God make a way for them to generate income so that children are fed and can continue education
- Pray for every broken heart and traumatised spirit because of the disaster
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