As I am sure you have heard, a devastating earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale killed 387 people (and counting) and leveled tens of thousands of homes, mosques, and businesses across the Island of Lombok, Indonesia. This has left thousands homeless, and in many instances, without water, food and basic medical supplies.
My name is Amanda, I am a nurse while my partner Dr. Mark specialises in multi-agency responses to childhood trauma. on Last week we decided to travel to Lombok to partner with local organizations dedicated to recovery of Lombok and it's population.
Since arriving, we have been working with local officials and an amazing team of individuals to deliver food, water, and shelter to those affected by the earthquake.
The devastation we have witnessed is beyond heartbreaking and anything either of us could have prepared for. To this day, we are still finding people both alive and dead under their once homes. The streets are full of locals praying—many who have gone for days without food or water.
Berugak Lombok, Lombok's Forgotten Children and Endris foundation are local organizations based here on the ground, and are 100% committed to helping as many people as possible.
They have some support from the local Government, but as this is a very poor country, we don't have nearly enough supplies to distribute amongst the villages and there is no true recovery plan to get people back into their homes, recover from emotional trauma and prevent pandemic disease.
The scale of the problem has not been reported in its entirety which makes it difficult to communicate just how much the people of Lombok need your help.
We have committed to partnering with these organizations to assess and assist with relief and recovery efforts and are currently developing sustainable resources and programs to help these people regain their lives including emotional trauma healing and disease prevention when the floods arrive on Lombok early October.
We have collected media from our experiences here and will soon be releasing a video to show the scale and severity of all the damage.
Right now, more than anything, we need to be able to provide those who survived with basic human needs such as water, food, shelter, medical supplies, and sanitation and sustainable recovery plans.
Please please please donate in any way you can. Every dollar makes an impact. And we assure you your money will go directly to those in need.
You can learn more by visiting www.lombokstrong.com