Help Sulawesi earthquake victims

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Raised by 159 people in 2 months
On Friday evening, Sept 28, 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Palu, in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The city had been planning a beach/harbor festival for the evening that the earthquake hit. The earthquake triggered a tsunami with waves up to 3 m (10 ft) high that ravaged the city, killing hundreds of people and flattening thousands of buildings. The video below shows the impact and destruction of this terrifying event. Currently more than 800 people are confirmed dead, but the death toll continues to rise. Hundreds of others are injured, thousands of homes have been destroyed, and Palu's infrastucture has been severely damaged.


 I lived in Palu and nearby Lindu for 2 years while conducting my dissertation research. This area is therefore near and dear to my heart. Telecommunication have been down, so it’s been difficult getting information from my friends and family there, but it is slowly coming in. Fortunately, so far, many people are safe, BUT their homes are completely destroyed. I am heartbroken for them.

I have initiated this fundraising campaign to help raise funds to support my friends’ recovery and rebuilding of their lives. Please know that ANY amount will help. I will guarantee that the funds will go directly to help.

 Please consider donating and share widely with your friend, colleague, and family networks.  Terima kasih banyak atas perduliannya. (Thank you very much)

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Update 10/13/18:

It's been 2 weeks. So many people - from folks I've known forever to folks I've never met - have showed their compassion & generosity. My heart is full.

My friend Shadiq who lives in Palu sent me some images. The destruction is really catastrophic (see image). Many people are living in tents, and will likely continue doing so for quite some time (see image).

I've learned from my friend, David, that the road to the Lindu highlands has been provisionally opened (although it's unstable as landslides continue to occur), and now efforts are underway to get supplies to the highland Lindu communities (see image). The path to Lindu is a trail through the rainforest that is only really passable by motorcycle or by foot. It is also in precarious shape because of landslides. Fortunately, the rice harvesting season was just completed so people in Lindu have plenty of rice (Indonesians have not eaten unless they have eaten rice!), but other food items and basic supplies are low. If David makes it to Lindu, I've asked him to update me on the condition of people's homes.

I am so grateful for all of you. Please keep sharing the word.
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I have good news! I haven't heard directly from Onang, but a friend of hers messaged me to tell me that she is safe. Apparently Onang was on her way to the Lindu highlands when the earthquake & tsunami struck. I don't know though how her home in Palu fared or how things are in Lindu, which experienced aftershocks, so I remain eager to receive updates. My friend Niniek, a Lindu native who now lives abroad, plans to travel to Palu and Lindu later this month to assess the situation on the ground. She has promised me that she will check on my dear friends and loved ones. I am so grateful to her.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign so far. I would like to continue this campaign for another week or so, so please keep spreading the word to your networks.

Terima kasih banyak!
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It’s been one week from the horrific tragedy that hit Palu. The death toll continues to rise and relief efforts have been slow, primarily because Palu’s infrastructure has been so badly damaged. The airport has provisionally re-opened for humanitarian efforts, but it will require substantial repair to achieve full functioning. I do know though that so many people on the ground are devoting their energy to helping others – cooking, and distributing food, water, and 1st aid to those in need. I am in awe of people’s solidarity and resilience. At the same time, desperation is also seeping in as people face shortages in their most basic needs. This is absolutely heartbreaking. Many communities, including the Lindu highlands where I conducted my dissertation field research, remain isolated because roads are impassable.

I’ve heard from a number of people in Palu, but there are still many loved ones from whom I have no news. My sister Onang is one of them. Onang was a young girl when I arrived in Lindu, and she was the bravest. She was one of the few kids who didn’t hide behind their moms when I came over to their house; quite the opposite, she always came over to me and wanted to hear about how I was doing and how the research was going. We quickly became buddies; we became family. She even helped with my research at times (the photo below shows her helping us process macaque food samples). She is now a smart and beautiful young woman pursuing a career for herself in nursing in Palu. I’ve sent her FB messages, I’ve called her every day, but I cannot reach her or her sisters with whom she lives. Onang, you and your sisters, are in my thoughts! I remain hopeful!

Over 100 people have contributed to this campaign so far! I am so very grateful. Because of this tremendous outpouring of support and concern, I have extended the goal. Please continue sharing the word.

Onang & her grandmother, Mama Rosna – Lindu (2008)
Onang helping process macaque foods – Lindu (2008)
Onang & Erin – Mama Rosna had dressed me up in traditional Lindu attire – Lindu (2008)
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The generosity of 114 people made our goal possible in just 4 days! I am grateful to everyone who has reached out to me, contributed, and shared the word.

I feel very confident that this campaign has more life left in it, so I would like to extend the goal to $10,000!

Please continue to spread the word. So many families need our help!

Much love,
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