On September 28, we heard the news that Palu city and Donggala Regency in Central Sulawesi had been hit by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami that left the area in ruins. People were injured and lost their homes and lives, but the world is doing its best to help victims survive and rebuild. A number of organisations and charities have set up platforms for people to donate. We can all lend a helping hand here, so let’s take a look at how we can donate.
One of the biggest e-commerce platforms in Indonesia, Tokopedia has extended a helping hand to the victims of the disasters. It has a number of donation channels such as Donasi Palu, Rumah Yatim, Baznas, Dompet Dhuafa, Rumah Zakat, ACT, PKPU Human Initiative, and many more, which it will use to gather as much as it can to provide to victims. With the numerous platforms provided, you can easily be a part of the recovery effort and donate as much as you can spare.
Water Mission is an NGO that specialises in water treatment and supplies, so after learning about the disaster in Palu, it organised such supplies to be sent there in order for the victims to have access to clean water. A partner of Fedex, Water Mission acted quickly to ensure the safety of survivors. If you support the mission regarding the importance of clean water supplies, lend a helping hand and donate.
Red Cross Indonesia
Red Cross Indonesia sent out medical teams, ambulances, and water trucks to Palu as soon as it heard about the disaster. It has also sent out blankets, sarongs, sleeping mats, and tarpaulins to ensure that survivors have practical supplies to hand. Since a lot of people also went missing, the Red Cross is helping to spread the word and help family members reconnect with each other. We all know the importance of a strong support network in times of crisis, so you can help Red Cross Indonesia reunite families by donating.
Kopernik is an Indonesian non-profit organisation that finds ways to deal with poverty and crises. After the natural disasters in Palu and Donggala, Kopernik got in touch with its local partners in Central Sulawesi to send out solar phone chargers and water filters, as well as food items and shelter kits. Kopernik has provided us with a simple way of donating with just a single click—small or big, each donation will make a world of difference to victims.
UNICEF is working closely with the Indonesian government to help victims of these natural disasters. It is sending help and basic necessities to children and families in Palu, although its main focus is to help reunite family members who have lost touch with each other. It will also help provide clean water by developing mobile water-treatment plants as well as help children by giving them emotional support and the sense that UNICEF is by their sides. It has successfully helped a huge number of citizens overcome natural disasters all over the world with the help of donations and contributions—be a part of the team effort and click the link below.
Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT Indonesia)
Aksi Cepat Tanggap is involved in humanitarian activities and is supported by public and corporate donors. It will continue to help provide for the victims in Palu, but its help is not possible without the public’s encouragement and contributions, so it’s time to do your bit.
Photo: Photo Courtesy of Kopernik