Lombok and Gilis Earthquake Relief

$4,269 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 1 month
31926176_1533568334172986_r.jpeg31926176_1533568351310921_r.jpeg31926176_1533568373293298_r.jpeg31926176_1533568402160659_r.jpeg31926176_1533568418911327_r.jpeg31926176_1533567969707976_r.jpeg31926176_1533567996310617_r.jpegLombok and the Gili Islands in Indonesia have been rocked by the second major earthquake in less than a week.

As many of you know, I have been living in this area for the past three years, and have made a life there. 

My husband, Rudy, is in his village (Santong) in Lombok, and I have yet to hear from him since the second earthquake struck. I have been told that Santong has received major destruction, and many of our family member's homes have been destroyed. My Indonesian family is currently living outdoors in tents, without access to supplies, clean water or electricity. I have been told that my husband is safe with the rest of our family, but am praying to hear news from him soon. 

The tiny island of Gili Meno, just off the coast of Lombok, is the place that I have called home since 2015. I have many, many local friends in Gili Meno who have taken me in as one of their own. The destruction in Meno is equally as bad as what we can see in Lombok, and Meno is currently being evacuated due to lack of relief and fear of tsunami.  Although it's dangerous to stay on the island, many who were born there are choosing to stay. They also sleep outside in tents, with even less access to supplies and clean water than Lombok is facing. 

Please help me to raise money to get my Indonesian family in Santong, and my surrogate family from Gili Meno back on their feet after this tremendous disaster they are facing. Proceeds will go towards supplies they may need, food, shelter, clean drinking water, and towards rebuilding their homes when the danger of a third earthquake has passed. 

I have several families in the Lombok and Gili Meno area that are my beneficiaries for the funds that are being donated.

The majority of the money will go towards my husband's (Rudy Armando's) family in Santong, Lombok, to help with the rebuilding of their homes.

The rest of the money will be split between four other families, one more in Santong, Lombok, and three from Gili Meno.

The names of the four other beneficiaries, who will be handling the donations for their families, are as follows:

1. Sony (name on Facebook is Soni Gilimeno)
2. Baron (name on Facebook is Baron Nesly)
3. Lindha (name on Facebook is Lindha Skyscraper)
4. Ana (name on Facebook is Ana Sasakisland Bungalows)

I will be sending all funds to these families via Western Union. Those who have bank accounts will receive directly to their accounts, and those who do not can pick up the money from their closest western union location, which is in Tanjung, Lombok

Any amount of money that you can spare could make a massive difference in these family's lives. 

Thank you for taking the time to read their story. ❤️
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Good news!

Everyone has received their donation money that was sent, except for Sony's family, which will be resent, via Western Union this time. I've been assured that photos will be sent of what the money is being used for, but without a doubt, it is all for items that are necessary for these families who are living in refugee camps until their homes can be rebuilt. I know my friends in Gili Meno are using part of the money to provide the children of the island with school materials since their school has been destroyed by the earthquake. They have set up a intermittent school in the camp, and many members of the community are volunteer teaching until things can get back on track ❤️

I received the second round of donation money into my account yesterday, and immediately made a large deposit into the bank account of my friend Sylvie, who is an Australian business owner living in Meno. She is taking refuge in Bali, and is purchasing supplies there to be sent to the camps in Lombok. One of her workers then distributes the supplies to different camps, based on who has reached out to us. With the money I sent yesterday, we were able to send enough supplies to around 70 people (including babies and small children) in 3 different camps.
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Good news! Baron's family has received their donation money, and are splitting it between family members in two different camps (Santong and Gunung Sari). With the funds they've received from us, they have been able to buy enough rice, water, eggs, milk for the children, and medicine to last at least for another week. Thank you for all you've done to help them! ❤️
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Good news, everyone!

Lindha was able to travel to Mataram yesterday, and take out the money we sent her from donations, since her portion was sent as cash to be picked up at Western Union.

She was able to buy many supplies for her family, including a much needed blanket for her little daughter (who will soon be turning 3), Keisha. Lindha told me they left Meno with only the clothes on their backs, and the nights in Lombok have been cold.

Lindha gave half the money we sent her to her auntie to help support the rest of the family, and still has money left to buy the next round of supplies when these run out.

She and her family are so grateful for your help! ❤️

The other four families should be able to access their donation money tomorrow (takes 2 days to transfer into their bank accounts). I'll update more about them as soon as I have news.
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Thank you SO much for all of your help, everyone! I am simply blown away by the generous hearts I'm seeing! Thanks to you, I was able to send the first round of funds ($1,612.90) to 5 families today, which will reach their accounts in Indonesia on the 12th. The families of Rudy, Sony, Baron, Lina, and Lindha are eternally grateful for your love and support. I know these families will be sharing everything they receive with their friends and neighbours around them, so there's no telling how many lives you have affected already ❤️

The second round of funds will be sent out next week, and money for supplies will be needed on a continuous basis for many weeks to come. When the threat of further earthquakes is finally over, money will be needed to begin rebuilding homes, so I'm going to keep this campaign open as long as I can.

Keep the people of Lombok and the Gilis in your thoughts and prayers.

With love and light, Mel
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