A year after the Central Sulawesi earthquake which had resulted in a tsunami and liquefaction in parts of the area, CREST has responded with emergency relief distribution and built 390 transitional shelters. During our last visit, we had identified a potential livelihood project with our local partner to benefit the survivors of the affected community in Jono Oge, Sigi. Odorless farming is a sustainable development project we have adopted to support in their livelihood sustenance.
6 months after our trip in January 2019, it was time to send a team to follow up on the progress of our transitional shelters building project and to look into possible livelihood projects for the earthquake and tsunami survivors.
Following the joint assessment conducted by CREST, Yayasan Sin Chew, Fo Guang Shan and Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia on 6 December 2018, the commitment was made to build 390 transitional shelters in Jono Oge, Sigi and in Balaesang, Dongala.
After our first relief team returned in October 2018, CREST has contacted by few Malaysian NGOs and a Foundation for possible coorpreation in rebuilding transiltional shelters. With the help from our local partners, a team of 6 presentative from 2 NGOs and 1 from Foundation has visited Palu & Sigi for protential projects and receipients.
1. Establish a local coordination center in Palu.
2. Assessment on the location for transiltional shelters.
3. Meeting with the fisherman for possible livelihood project.
4. Provide proposal and plan for protential donors.
On 28 September 2018, a series of earthquakes struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province. The strongest was a 7.4 magnitude quake at a depth of 10km and with its epicentre close to the provincial capital, Palu. The series of earthquakes did not only trigger a tsunami striking beaches in Palu and Donggala, but also liquefaction in 3 major spots and landslides which resulted in damages, impacts and constrained access to humanitarian relief.
On 30 September 2018, the President of Indonesia requested for international aid. CREST, together with Methodist Crisis Relief & Development (MCRD) and TOUCH International (Singapore) joined hands to assist local partner Gesa Bentara in sending relief items following their rapid assessment.