The Jakarta Post
A motorcyclist rides past a house that was destroyed by a Sunday earthquake in Bentek village in Pemenang Tanjung district, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Aug. 6. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)
Following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) on Sunday evening, rescue workers have actively been searching the province to rescue and aid victims.
As of 10 a.m. on Monday, 91 have been reported dead, with about 209 injured. Survivors have moved to shelters with little in their hands, as their homes were severely damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.
Although thousands have sought shelter and help, many are still in need of help of food supplies, clothes and comfort or entertainment items, such as toys and books. The emergency response period in all affected areas was extended to Aug. 11, according to a statement issued by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
As stated by BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, among the basic necessities needed by the victims are instant food, drinking water, clean water, tents, blankets, tarpaulins, clothes and medicine. They are also in need of trauma and healthcare services.
Many humanitarian organizations have extended a helping hand by accepting donations, be it the form of funds, goods or even volunteer work. The following is a list of organizations through which you can donate.
Indonesian Red Cross (PMI)
The Indonesian Red Cross is accepting donations for victims of the earthquake through Lombok Kita Bantu.
Donations are collected through local banks and via the Lombok Kita Bantu donation portal.
Below are a list of the local banks you can donate to:
For more information regarding this donation, you can contact the Indonesian Red Cross’ fundraising division at +6221-799-2325 Ext.2 or email [email protected]
The Indonesian Red Cross is also open for donations in the form of goods and volunteer work. Further information can be found on its official website donasi.pmi.or.id.
Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)
Funds can be donated to Indonesian-based humanitarian organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), which actively helps in natural disaster events from the emergency phase to the post-recovery phase.
Donations can be sent to the following:
A careline has also been set up at 021-2940-6565 for further help and information. Further information can also be reached via sms through phone number +62853-3000-6000 or WhatsApp number +62821-1711-8110. Visit ACT’s official website act.id for more information.
Those who want to help directly at the scene can visit ACT’s emergency posts, located at the following addresses in West Nusa Tenggara:
Dompet Dhuafa Republika
Donations to Dompet Dhuafa Republika will be used to rebuild houses for the victims of the Lombok earthquake.
Set up as “Bale (rumah) Untuk Lombok: Pulau Seribu Masjid”, you can help build houses for victims by donating to the following:
Further information regarding the donations can be accessed through its official website dompetdhuafa.org.
Another way to help is to support international charity organizations. Oxfam has about 8 to 10 local partners and three Oxfam staff members operating in Lombok. They are currently working with KONSEPSI, which has deployed a team and partnered with the Village Preparedness Team in Sembalun as well as the district's disaster management agency.
Oxfam media coordinator Dylan Quinnell tweeted that antipoverty group Oxfam Australia was using its Jakarta warehouse staff and partners to distribute tarpaulins and sarongs to the earthquake victims in Lombok. You can support their response to the rapid needs by fundraising for their cause or donating funds through their official website oxfam.org.au/donate/.
For more information, reach out to the following three contacts:
World Vision International (Wahana Visi Indonesia)
Wahana Visi is a branch of humanitarian aid organization World Vision International. The WVI Disaster Response Team has been responding to this disaster on the field in Sembalun, East Lombok.
Donated funds are used to provide care and educational packages for children, home appliance packages for families, clean water and sanitation facilities. They are also used to set up a Sahabat Anak Room children's center in each evacuation post, with each center to be stocked with books and toys.
WVI is also working to educate families on the natural disaster they are currently facing, and what they can do to survive in the situation.
For those who can help, donations of Rp. 100.005 are encouraged; note the five as the last digit. Send proof of transfer to [email protected] or +62-811-183-8496 on WhatsApp.
Transfer your donations through BCA 478-3019445, under the name Yayasan Visi Indonesia.
For more information, contact WVI on Facebook or visit its official website wahanavisi.org, or @wahanavisi_ID on Instagram and Twitter.
Peduli Anak Foundation
Lombok-based Sahabat Anak Foundation has been helping underprivileged children and their families by providing them with the necessary residential care, family care, education, medical care and legal aid, as written on their Facebook page.
In a one-minute YouTube video, a Peduli Anak Volunteer expresses his concerns and the urgent need for help as buildings were destroyed as a result of the earthquake.
“We have about 100 children, everybody is safe, none of the children got injured. Everybody was outside when this happened so we’re really lucky that nobody got seriously injured here. But all of our buildings, our shelters, all the homes of the children are destroyed. […] We need help, we need a tent, at least, a big one we can sleep in. But we really need help soon, we think this is a really bad one,” he said.
The foundation owns four dormitories for children, a school, a prayer room, office rooms and other supporting facilities. However, the earthquakes caused medium to critical damage to the majority of its buildings.
You can help in three ways:
For more information, Peduli Anak Foundation is rated as very responsive to Facebook messages. They may also be contacted through the number +62-370-617-1993.
PT Pos Indonesia has opened Caring for Lombok Earthquake Victims Post and accepts donations until Aug. 31.
Donations can be transferred through:
Users of the online travel platform Traveloka can exchange their points to donate funds.
With 250 points, a user can donate Rp 25,000 (US$1.70), 500 points for Rp 50,000 and 1,000 points for Rp 100,000.
The program is open for all Traveloka users with existing points. To exchange them, users must use the Traveloka app version 3.0.0 (Android/iOS).
The program started on Aug. 10 and will end on Aug 24, and donations will be submitted through the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI). More information can be found here.
Cats of Gili
It does not hurt to also do the little things. If you do not have the means to donate, use the power of your voice to raise awareness about the earthquake and about how to help donate. (anm/saz/kes)
Editor's note (Aug. 18, 2018 at 5:10 p.m.): The article has been updated for additional information.