What was ActionAid’s response to the Indonesian tsunami?
In the first two weeks, YAPPIKA-ActionAid (YAA) worked with a network of local organisations called ‘Sulteng Bergerak’ to bring relief to at least 60,000 people. Local volunteers provided supplies, ran emergency kitchens serving hot food to displaced people and participated in search and resuce missions.
- In the first two weeks since the disaster, ActionAid and its partners launched a team of more than 60 staff and volunteers in Palu, Donggala, and Sigi — working round the clock, delivering aid to thousands of affected people.
- Our emergency appeal raised nearly £1.2m.
- We opened public kitchens in twelve of the worst hit areas where thousands remain without food or proper shelter. Our public kitchens on the West Coast, Donggala, Sigi and the city of Palu are have served thousands of people a day with hot, nutritious meals.
- 1,785 families were provided with food through the community kitchen and food kits.
- We reached at least 60,000 people with emergency aid, including tents, tarpaulins and blankets to shelter families who lost their homes, and food, water, clothing and nappies.
- 400 sanitary kits were distributed to women and girls to manage their periods safely.
- Three women-friendly spaces were set up reaching at least 600 women directly.
We then launched a six-month response with our partners on the ground, focusing on food, water, shelter, psycho-social support and the protection of women and girls living in temporary camps. We’re supporting families by rebuilding homes for the most vulnerable, supporting sustainable livelihoods such as farming and recovery of women’s economic activity such as trading or food processing so families can once again earn a living.
The impact of the tsunami on women and children
Wahida’s family home was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. She had to move to a coconut farm which was turned into a shelter for displaced people.
There were limited supplies for pregnant women and new mothers during the crisis. People were getting ill due to poor nutrition and unfiltered drinking warer.
Wahida’s supplies of food, water and formula milk were running low. ActionAid was quick to respond by distributing relief materials including bottles of water, nappies, blankets, underwear, sanitary napkins, baby powder, baby clothes and baby mosquito nets to mothers and pregnant women.
Sikola is helping to rebuild her community
Before the earthquake and tsunami, Sikola sold food in the markets but her house became damaged and uninhabitable after the tsunami. Now, she and her family, live in a tent in front of their house and sleep on the porch.
Even though she is a survivor herself, Sikola wanted to volunteer to help other fellow survivors. ActionAid works with women in communities hit by crises by training them as leaders in disaster-preparedness. We support women in coordinating distribution of aid, recruiting local volunteers, and ensuring women and childrens’ needs are being met.
In the aftermath of the disaster, Sikola led a public, emergency kitchen in Anggur. The kitchen helped provide hot, nutritious food for displaced people around the Balaroa district.