Progress in Sumatra after quake
The earthquake that hit Padang in Indonesia on 30th September, didn’t last much longer than 30 seconds, yet in that time it managed to rip up roads, flatten whole villages and result in the deaths of over 1,100 people.
Caritas team remains in Padang offering kits to help build temporary shelter, food packages, kitchen items, a mobile medical clinic, schools kits, creative activities for children and trauma healing
Rebuilding roads, school, bridges and people’s homes will take months, if not years. And that’s without considering that people have to return to their jobs – if they still exist, markets have to be re-established and people will have to feel safe enough to restart their lives without the fear that another massive earthquake will take everything away again.
The Caritas initial response was rapid: first teams went immediately to assess the damage, then member organisations started to send through staff and items such as tents, tarpaulins and food.
Caritas has increased the amount that it is appealing for to US $ 2,302,321.88 ( EUR 1,535,308) to help 110,000 people with shelter, 43,000 with food, and 105,000 people with access to clean water.
Caritas is working through Caritas Indonesia (known locally as Karina) , and Caritas members and their local partners including Caritas Netherlands (CORDAID), Caritas Ireland (Trócaire), Caritas Czech Republic, and CRS (a Caritas member in the US).
Caritas Indonesia has delivered food packages already to 6,200 homes and provided temporary shelter to 8000 families. The aid includes kits to help build temporary shelter, food packages, kitchen items, a mobile medical clinic, schools kits, creative activities for children and trauma healing.
Caritas is currently preparing to raise more money for this longer period in which people try to rebuild their homes and their lives. In the meantime, Caritas staff will be with people of Padang during their difficult journey back to normality and won’t be going away. Caritas volunteers sent us these series of reports in their own words
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