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LOMBOK EARTHQUAKE

$7,306 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 168 people in 1 month


Over the past month devastation has hit a place that has become our second home. Lombok Island (just off Bali) is home to a majority of the people in Indonesia who we call family. Since day 1 these people have taken us in and given all their love, are constantly making sure our bellies are full, and have taught us the real meaning of happiness.

A year ago we did a fundraiser when Gunung Agung (the volcano) became active and we saw firsthand how all of us coming together could provide food, water, and various supplies for people in extreme need.

We'd like to do that again for our family on Lombok and Gili Trawangan.

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Our goal is to raise $250,000.

Our Indonesian dad Ewan owns the @theexilegili in Gili Trawangan, a small island that's a 10 minute boat ride from Lombok. He employs over 30 people all of which who have grown equally in our hearts as a family member; many of the employees lost their homes to the earthquake.

We asked "dad" if  they have insurance on the villas and how we can help... his first response was this "Yes Exile doesn't have insurance. i try to get all the staff back to exile to do clean up. open the bar again and get some cash rebuild all the houses of the exile staffs family in lombok. i cant help them if we are still closed."

This is the thing about Ewan. Since day 1 of meeting him everyone on the island and in Bali talked about how wonderful  he is, how honest, sincere, witty, and supportive. One of the first things we remember is asking why he doesn't sell coconuts at The Exile... he responded by saying "if we sell coconuts its takes from the people down the street selling coconuts. The people selling coconuts are some of the poorest people on the island. If we take business from them how will they survive? We must all work together and help each other out."

Needless to say we weren't the least bit surprised when he mentioned getting the bar fixed so he could help the staffs families rebuild their homes.

So this is the breakdown...

If 2500 people donated $50 that would make $120,000
If 2500 people donated $100 that would make $250,000

but small money matters also...

600 people donated $5 that’s $3000 • if 1000 people donated $5 that’s $5000 • 8000 people donated $5 that’s $40,000 • if 200,000 people donated $5 that’s $1 million ••• little money = big money

Every person that donates your name will be added to an art piece that will be disabled on the property showing all the people who helped rebuild The Exile and their staffs homes in Lombok. 




We're extremely excited for this journey and thankful you're here with us. 
We hope to see you on the island!


To our Indonesian family juah di mata dikat di hati (far from eyes close to heart)
We're in this together. We love you, miss you, and are praying for your protection.
One love.

Desie + Dhani 


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Please check my instastory for updates under today’s story or PHASE 1 for the entire first part of our trip. We can’t thank you enough so we’ll keep sending you praise for eternity for helping us achieve this. We are currently waiting for the government to clear out all the rubble so we can work on the big projects - our two starting points are building houses for the families of our friends Amenk (instagram @amenkbd) and Husnaen (instagram @husnaenalhakim. As for now we've been assessing damage + needs, buying supplies + food, and creating space for kids to indulge in trauma healing (about to make some bamboo tree swings!)

We're still needing donations to help bring jobs back via The Exile so please please share our link with anyone you know!

Lots of love,

Desie + Dhabi
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These past weeks have been so hectic trying to stay on top of things. I’m so so sorry for not updating sooner but we’ve been busy collecting physical donations, packing, planning, etc. As promised wanted to share receipts as we go. Something that is MAJORLY needed is tents. We bought 4 tents so far - Amazon messed up the shipment so we didn’t get them in time before leaving (if you wanna know the full deets view my story check my instagram highlight “amazon story”) We are now currently in Lombok. If you’d like to see the LIVE video we took yesterday it’s still on my instastory @desiraecherie for 6 more hours.
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These past weeks have been so hectic trying to stay on top of things. I’m so so sorry for not updating sooner but we’ve been busy collecting physical donations, packing, planning, etc. As promised wanted to share receipts as we go. Something that is MAJORLY needed is tents. We bought 4 tents so far - we’ve heard that tents are scarce on Bali and surrounding islands so if anyone has a tent hook up us know!

We also sent $6209.66 to Ewan (owner of The Exile) through his wife Christine’s PayPal. My sister and I leave for Lombok tonight and once we arrive we will spend 2 or 3 days gathering supplies; after we get everything we’ll head over to Lombok to distribute everything. In the following days we’ll be meeting with Ewan and some builders to set goals and devise a plan. Sooooo f%^king excited to share with you and will be keeping stats on my insta story to keep you informed of when we hit specific marks + how much of an impact it’s making.

Thanks again to everyone for the support, patience, love, prayers, guidance, and positive uplifting energy.

We love each and every one of you!


xo
desirae

(for quicker updates and to watch minute by minute and or for our Live updates follow @desiraecherie and @dhanicalifornia)
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We owe you all a major update! It’s continuing to be an emotional rollercoaster as earthquakes keep happening. As of this morning (USA west coast time) 6 more high mag earthquakes had hit the island. Will post updates with photos tomorrow. Thank you all for your continued support!
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