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We implement development programmes in impoverished areas where our support can demonstrably improve people’s well-being, especially by strengthening their livelihoods and increasing their resilience to disasters. We take an integrated approach, working with local organisations and groups, especially women, helping to empower them to work for positive change for their communities.
An estimated 1.5 million people could be affected by the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi on 28 September in addition to more than 2,000 confirmed fatalities. Hundreds of houses and buildings have also collapsed.
There have been more 400 aftershocks recorded since the major earthquake on 28 September.
The disaster also damaged and destroyed a large number of houses and continuing aftershocks mean other people are scared to return to their homes. More than 300,000 people are thought to be homeless. Water and sanitation is also a big concern because water pipes have been destroyed and there is a severe shortage of clean water and toilet to prevent the spread of disease. People also need food, healthcare and medical supplies to treat the injuired. Generators are needed for lighting and to aid communications.
Government agencies have started to work in the area to support survivors of the earthquake and the Government of Indonesia has now officially requested international assistance.
Oxfam and partner organisations in the Humanitarian Knowledge Hub are scaling up their response to reach 500,000 people in the Palu city and Donggala district from 100,000 people in the initial response plan with essential aid supplies.
Oxfam and its local partners from the Humanitarian Knowledge Hub are in Palu:
- installing water purification equipment
- distributing hygiene kits (consisting of a safe container for transporting water, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and sanitary towels)
- delivering latrines
- delivering emergency shelters and tarpaulins
- sarong (the local clothing)
We are sending more water treatment equipment as well as tap stands and water tanks.
The Humanitarian Knowledge Hub is a network, established with the support of Oxfam in Indonesia, of 16 civil society organisations led by JEMARI Sakato. Oxfam in Indonesia has been working to strengthen the capacity of Humanitarian Knowledge Hub as the local force in disaster risk management.
Should there be any unused donations from this public appeal, Oxfam will use the funds for other emergency, rehabilitation, or community development projects in other places.
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