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Victims of Palu Earthquake and Tsunami

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On September 28th, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Palu in Indonesia, followed by an 18-foot tsunami
that caused massive destruction to the whole island. This left 2,000 casualties, with 5,000 still missing and
presumed dead. The official search for the lost has been called off and little to no help is offered by the government.

Entire neighborhoods and communities are completely displaced, destroyed and buried under mud due to

When we arrived, the eye opening truth was hard to witness. We met so many that lost everything.

One of the people that has left a deep impact on us was, Milka, a local on the island, who suffered a tragedy that
truly left us heartbroken. The tsunami had taken her entire family and her home. Throughout the week following the tsunami, she began to discover the bodies of her loved ones one by one under the ruble. There are many like her who have lost it all and require our help to build a new life.

We arrived to Palu without a clear agenda but with an acute awareness that these stories need to be heard. And it
was our responsibility to tell them. Every dollar will go directly to the effort of restoring some of what was
destroyed and to provide essential necessities for the victims. Many are without food, toiletries and basic medical
supplies. We plan to help fill that need for as many as possible.

Our effort may not leave a big dent but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try and do something. Anything.
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A little about me, the organizer of this campaign. My name is Sasha Leahovcenco and I currently live in Los
Angeles. While planning the trip to Palu with Val, I was connected to organization/church Gereja El Shaddai Injil Sepenuh. Rony, the local leader is doing great work in aiding the affected locals and it is through him and his
mission that we will be distributing funds and supplies. The main objective is to cover immediate needs of as
many as possible. This will include baby supplies such as diapers and formula. Basic first aid supplies such as
peroxide, gauze, bandaids and anything else needed immediately. We also hope to start purchasing construction materials for salvageable homes and for those that need to start from scratch. 

The plan is to take every penny that has been donated and send it directly to Gereja El Shaddai Injil Sepenuh
via wire transfer. I have been keeping in close touch with Rony and can’t wait to see the progress made with
these donations.

Thank you. 


Sasha Leahovcenco
Los Angeles, CA

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