Lombok Strong

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Raised by 89 people in 11 months
Created August 7, 2018
As I am sure you have heard, a devastating earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale killed 387 people (and counting) and leveled tens of thousands of homes, mosques, and businesses across the Island of Lombok, Indonesia. This has left thousands homeless, and in many instances, without water, food and basic medical supplies.

My name is Amanda, I am a nurse while my partner Dr. Mark specialises in multi-agency responses to childhood trauma.  on Last week we decided to travel to Lombok to partner with local organizations dedicated to recovery of Lombok and it's population.

Since arriving, we have been working with local officials and an amazing team of individuals to deliver food, water, and shelter to those affected by the earthquake.

The devastation we have witnessed is beyond heartbreaking and anything either of us could have prepared for. To this day, we are still finding people both alive and dead under their once homes. The streets are full of locals praying—many who have gone for days without food or water.

Berugak Lombok, Lombok's Forgotten Children and Endris foundation are local organizations based here on the ground, and are 100% committed to helping as many people as possible.

They have some support from the local Government, but as this is a very poor country, we don't have nearly enough supplies to distribute amongst the villages and there is no true recovery plan to get people back into their homes, recover from emotional trauma and prevent pandemic disease.

The scale of the problem has not been reported in its entirety which makes it difficult to communicate just how much the people of Lombok need your help.

We have committed to partnering with these organizations to assess and assist with relief and recovery efforts and are currently developing sustainable resources and programs to help these people regain their lives including emotional trauma healing and disease prevention when the floods arrive on Lombok early October.

We have collected media from our experiences here and will soon be releasing a video to show the scale and severity of all the damage.

Right now, more than anything, we need to be able to provide those who survived with basic human needs such as water, food, shelter, medical supplies, and sanitation and sustainable recovery plans.

Please please please donate in any way you can. Every dollar makes an impact. And we assure you your money will go directly to those in need.  

You can learn more by visiting www.lombokstrong.com

Gratefully appreciated, the Lombok Strong Team
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Thank you to all of you for your generous donations. So much has happened in the last week here on Lombok we thought it was time for an update!

During these past 3 weeks we have met and spoke with countless organizations and individuals who have been working hard towards rebuilding Lombok. Cheers to all of you out there with your hard work and dedication. We have been working hard towards realizing our goals however we have had many hurdles to jump along the way. As you may know the President of Indonesia visited Lombok but chose not to declare a national disaster. Due to this fact, large disaster organizations such as Unicef, World Health Organization and many other disaster experts were unable to mobilize efforts here.

The delivery of emergency services, food and water has begun to stabilize. Emergency shelters in the form of tent villages have been erected island wide. As we are now in the recovery phase of this disaster; new issues have been identified. Currently we fear lack of flood appropriate shelters, child protection strategies appear to be inadequate, pandemic planning virtually non-existant.

Government emergency response agencies such as BNPB and Indonesian Military remain on the ground. We had the opportunity to meet with the heads of these agencies to advise sustainable shelters in cooperation with Lomboks Forgotten Children, and have advised disease prevention and child protection strategies. Our plans were well received and we have now been offered office space in the military base to partner with these agencies. We hope to be able to reach a larger work force through this partnership in effort to reach more people. Our pandemic prevention/harm reduction strategy includes educating the population about hygiene and disease prevention. Over 500 medical kits are being prepared to deliver to village leaders. Education materials are currently being produced and will be translated. Mark has been in contact with many larger agencies and higher government in effort to advise his expertise in effort to minimize harm on Lombok now and in the future, remaining passionate about increasing awareness of child protection and childhood trauma.

Again thank you for supporting our journey on Lombok. We will continue to share news as it transpires.

The LombokStrong team.
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At the time of writing we are pleased to say we and our collective partners Berugak Lombok, Lombok’s Forgotten Children, Endri’s Foundation and all team members have made it through the night safely. Please continue to pray for these selfless humans while they work towards rebuilding and empowering thousands of displaced families.

Thank you to all who showed support for our teams and the people of Lombok yesterday. When we began our day driving down the coast we noticed that fields which were once littered with tarpaulin tents throughout Mataram city appeared to have reduced. We talked about feeling hopeful as stores were reopening and families trying to return to normal in this district. While we reported two earthquakes during the writing of yesterday’s update, unfortunately in the evening hours Lombok was rattled again by three more quakes of 6.9, 5.6 and 5.3. The first of these was also felt by our neighbour island of Bali. While driving into Mataram today, we were met with the sight of tarpaulin tents returning to the fields once again. Store fronts closed as our paradise island has been without power since last night. Five major tremors in one day along with countless smaller quakes have further instilled fear in to the people of Lombok.

We spent today at Lombok’s Forgotten Children headquarters. Coupled with rebuild and recovery efforts we have been working tirelessly on developing a short and long- term strategy on one of our most important projects to date. A child protection strategy. With such a massive number of displaced and isolated families, our worry is that children are being targeted by human traffickers. We are currently in the process of developing a public awareness campaign and long term strategy to prevent such tragedies during this time and into Lombok’s future. We have been in communication with multiple political and government representatives in effort to fully inform our strategy. Mark has a meeting with the Head of the Psychological Health Board of Lombok to discuss joint initiatives. The reality is they have a team of 40 trying to cover hundreds of camps. We will continue to provide updates on our progress with this.
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Sorry for the delay in our latest update, internet has been terrible and we are a phone down, donated to Kuala Lumper airport – had to happen! Anyone have an Iphone for sale?!

In the process of writing this update, we experienced two more major earthquakes early this afternoon. A 5.4 and a 6.5. This caused more weakened buildings to disintegrate. A major landslide to occur which will now is turn the island’s water supply to mud. To give some perspective for these earthquakes, this means 5 major earthquakes have hit here in the last 15 days and to help understand the power of these quakes, we’d like to add some information from US Geological Survey. To create the energy of a 5.0 earthquake would require 1.8 million KG of explosive. A 6.0 would require approximately 56 million KG of explosives and the equivalent of the Hiroshima bomb. Finally, a 7.0 would require 1.8 billion KG of explosives. This is the scale of the disaster people of Lombok have been experiencing repeatedly for weeks.

However, in today’s update we are able to share some positive stories. Until now we have had very little to feel positive about except the occasional new baby which always brings a smile and hope for the future, but now we are starting to see progress albeit small. The development that has made us really happy has been to finally sit down with our pin up heroes from this disaster, Endri and Peter. Endri has led a small army that has achieved more than anyone on the ground bringing vital aid to the areas hardest to reach in record time. Peter has been making sure the resource Endri needs is there. The Endri Foundation and Lombok’s Forgotten Children have provided over 20 tonnes of food, thousands of litres of water and dozens of brand new generators to camps that had nothing. Endri and his team are true heroes of Lombok on the ground, supported by Peter who is probably now known in Lombok as the man that clears out your shop! The latest shelf clearing was hammers, crow bars and other vital tools to help the people of Lombok start rebuilding. We are currently working with Lombok’s Forgotten Children to grow this collection of 5000+ hammers, crowbars, helmets, etc.

The physical rebuilding of Lombok is a critical point. Rebuilding the physical structures of Lombok is going to take years, but for communities to see the start of this will bring hope and a much needed boost to morale and psychological wellbeing. The psychological trauma experienced by the Lombok people is severe, and for us it has been painful to know currently we can do nothing to help them recover from this due to them still experiencing trauma. The starting of the rebuilding of their physical environments is paramount to their recovery and so the value of the work of the Endri Foundation, Lomboks Forgotten Children and their team, goes far beyond just clearing rubble. We knew from the start that we wanted to partner with these organizations, but now having now had the time to get to know Endri and Peter that belief has grown ten fold.

In our professional careers we get to meet some amazing caring human’s who dedicate their time to helping others, that’s our normal. We have met people who have wowed us with their selfless commitment. But Peter and Endri have done this more than any other humans in our lives. Effecting sustainable change for vulnerable populations takes compassion, drive, intelligent strategic thinking and commitment. Normally voluntary organisations have these qualities via a group of individuals who combine to have the full package at an organisational level. But Endri and Peter have it all as individuals and they have blown us away. Not only are these guys are working tirelessly providing emergency disaster relief, they are learning the optimum ways to help communities recover and developing systems to be able to repeat, repeat, repeat. These guys are redefining the way NGOs should operate, delivering $1000 of aid or care with $200 of money. We have never seen this done before.

The term we have been using so often in the last few days is “Bali Jajar”. This translates into “communities coming together, working together, healing together”. We are continuing to build a collective of similar passionate organizations who plan to contribute to long term sustainability of Lombok. We are making progress one day at a time and will continue to do so.

In our next update we hope to announce some other exciting partnerships to make Lombok Strong again. Thanks for your support.
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We are nearing the end of our first week on Lombok, and feel its time to share what life is like living on an island that experiences as many earthquakes as we have. Many of you know that since July 29th, 2018 Lombok has experiences 3 major earthquakes namely a 6.4, 7.0 and 6.2, with hundreds of aftershocks. Although this island is part of the ring of fire and small rattles are common; the caliber of earth shaking here is something new for all those living here.

This is completely new for both of us as well, and last night we talked about how our daily routines have changed so much. We are all on constant high alert. For example, when we sit to eat, we choose the tables closest to the door or any open area. We always have a route planned to run into when our location changes by even 10 feet. As I once had to run outside shortly after hopping out of the shower, I now shower with one hand and keep my towel in the other. In our previous earthquake-free life, we would close the door and lock it at night before turning into bed; but now we unlock the door before bed and sleep closest to the edge for quick escape. Last night before settling into bed we had a natural earthquake drill. The power went off suddenly and in the dark we both bolted towards the door; meeting each others hand on the doorknob at the same time. Suffice to say we’re getting pretty good at escaping. We have local friends whose homes are still standing, yet they have prepared tents outside to avoid having to run in the night. This is the new normal here.

Today we decided to stay at headquarters and planned to have an administration day, however we were contacted and asked to venture over to the nearby island of Gili Meno as we learned there were many sick children; one reported a fever of 45 degrees, with little aid and no medical support. We had great difficulty arranging a boat to the island but succeeded later in the day. Locals walked us to the tented village where we met with two young female expats; one from England and one from France. They are the only expats who stayed on Gili Meno after the earthquake and feel closely connected to their community and feel obliged to assist. They explained that they are both trained in basic first aid, however we learned they were caring for an entire community of 500 people providing diabetic monitoring, distributing epileptic medicines and assessing the ill. While walking through the island with these two angels we were appalled by the selflessness of these two women. We also learned they are living in fear as one woman explained her friend was raped and beaten the day after the earthquake. Yet they still stay to provide for their community. Their water supply has been destroyed and the entire island is living isolated and on rations. Travelling back to Lombok proved to be a challenge as the government has a curfew on boat traffic. After sweet talking the police we were able to secure a small boat back to Lombok; only to arrive at a dark port without taxis available and limited cell service. Through pure luck and grace we were able to secure a taxi to drive us the 30 minutes back to headquarters. We will continue to have contact with these two women on Gili Meno and now plan to work towards securing a water supply for them to start…and the projects keep growing.

The president of Indonesia arrived on Lombok today, we are anxiously awaiting the result of his assessment, praying he chooses to accept International Aid. There are many wonderful people on this island trying to affect change, but as we say at the end of every day; its just never enough.
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