Su was on the summit of the Volcano Rinjani guiding a group a trekkers, when the first earthquake struck at 06:47 on Sunday 29thJuly. I had been there with him just a few days previously.
Noni was on the island of Gili Trawangan, getting ready for work at a tourist spa.
Both Su and Noni work in tourism and depend upon the small income they make to support their families.
I experienced the first earthquake on Gili Trawangan, but it was the second one a week later on the 5th of August with a scale of 6.9 that devastated both of their lives and communities. Over 15 Earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks have destroyed buildings, infrastructure and lives. The earthquakes are still happening today.
Plea for help
I was back home in Bern, Switzerland when I was contacted by both of them via WhatsApp, calling for any help I could give. Su's family (Mother, Father, wife and 3 children) are living in a makeshift tent next to their destroyed house in a village South of Mataram. They are still afraid and asked me for help.
Within two days via direct aid, they were able to buy much needed food and water. Noni is only 20 years old and lives in a village near Bangsal opposite the island of Gili Trawangan. Her Grandmother died, her parents are ill, and she is fending for her younger sister and Uncle and Aunt. There are 12 people in her community she is trying to help. They are also living in a makeshift tent, their home and community completely destroyed. The direct aid I sent to her arrived yesterday, and I am hopeful that tomorrow she will have access to an ATM in Mataram. They urgently need food, water and warm clothing at night time.
The government of Indonesia is trying its best to reach all communities, but Su and Noni need more help, water, and food today. In time they can then slowly begin to rebuild their homes, communities and livelihoods. They need your help, so they can buy essentials and help provide the basics to people in their communities . People who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, family members & friends.
Please spare whatever you can, large or small, or raise funds and make a donation to help the people of Lombok. Su and Noni's communities need immediate help. I promise to direct all the money raised to Su and Noni, who will then carefully distribute food and essentials to those most in need. Please contact me if you can help in any way.
Thank you for your support, Robert Taylor (Rinjani Trekker 2018)
Su and his family are living in this makeshift tent: ￼
Su's house destroyed: ￼
Noni's community destroyed:
Noni's village destroyed: ￼
Life goes on, but they need more help, more food, more water: ￼
Noni's village, everyone is affected: ￼
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