Indonesia Tsunami Appeal | ActionAid UK

More than 2,100 people are confirmed dead after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday 28th September, 2018. 

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami with waves as high as 18 feet to sweep into the city of Palu, decimating entire communities.

Further liquefaction and landslides caused significant damage and loss of life in the affected areas of Palu, Sigi, Donggala and Parigi Moutong.

1.5 million people were affected and hundreds of thousands of survivors were left without food, water and shelter. 

For the initial two-week response, ActionAid workes with a coalition of local civil society organisations to bring relief to at least 60,000 people. 

For the longer-term response, we are working to provide psycho-social care; ensuring the protection of affected women and girls and supporting families to rebuild their livelihoods.

What ActionAid is doing in Indonesia

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.

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.

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, nappies and sanitary kits for women and girls.

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 to rehabilitate drinking water sources, including cleaning and reparing wells, and helping to provide boats and nets for fishing so families can once again earn a living. 

What is ActionAid?

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. The denial of their rights is one of the biggest causes of poverty worldwide, and a grave injustice. That’s why we put the rights of women and girls at the heart of all we do.

Our dedicated local staff are helping end violence against women and girls and changing lives, for good.

Our work in emergencies

When a disaster strikes, our local staff work round the clock delivering life-saving supplies to the worst hit communities.

Women and girls suffer disproportionately during humanitarian emergencies. We seek to put local women in charge, advising what their communities need, and overseeing the distribution of aid to the most vulnerable, to ensure fairness and transparency. They ensure that people get the life-saving aid that is their right.

Where your money goes

90% of your donation, after fundraising costs, will go to support ActionAid’s Indonesia Tsunami Appeal. The remaining 10% will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises. If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest.


Page updated 31 March 2020