Thank you for Supporting Sulawesi during such a critical time in Indonesia. It has been a little over a month since the tsunami & earthquakes ravaged Palu, Donggalu and the surrounding communities in Central Sulawesi, and we would like to give you an update on LTL’s response efforts, which were only made possible by your support.
On October 14th, the LTL response team headed out of Manado, North Sulawesi in two 4WD’s packed to the gills with relief supplies. Due to safety and accessibility issues along the road, the LTL Team travelled in a caravan with the Indonesian Red Cross. The team arrived in Palu after 20 arduous hours of driving.
The scene was horrendous. More than 200,000 people lost their homes and were struggling to find basic shelter. Illness, fueled by poor sanitation and lack of basic resources, was beginning to spread among the displaced. It was immediately clear to the team that basic supplies were badly needed.
For the first few days, the LTL Team, headed by Drs. Levie Golioth and Selvie Korompis, focused on distributing supplies. Care kits (in buckets) were given out to 200 households. Each bucket contained basic necessities: soap, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, water bottles, detergent, wound care kits and feminine hygiene supplies. Drinking water and dry foods were also given out.
During the remaining days, the LTL Team worked to assess resources and needs in order to determine the most appropriate next steps. They met with local government officials, and visited medical facilities and outlying communities where aid had not yet reached. Overwhelmed and exhausted, but not beaten, the LTL Team began its journey back to Manado on Oct 24th.
Due to the persistent need for basic supplies, LTL will return to Central Sulawesi in the next couple of weeks to bring another round of care buckets, as well as medication and medical supplies.
The road to recovery for Central Sulawesi is long and LTL is committed to the journey. We truly appreciate your support and will keep you updated on our progress. If you are interested in finding out more about our Support Sulawesi response program, you can click the link below to read our strategy outline.
The LTL team