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Lombok Strong

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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'm a nurse and my partner, Mark is a doctor.  Last week we decided to travel to Lombok to partner with a local disaster relief team, Berugak Lombok.

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 is a local organization 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.

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.

Mark and I have committed to partnering with Berugak to provide immediate disaster relief and are currently developing sustainable resources and programs to help these people regain their lives.

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.

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, Dr. Mark, Amanda, and the Berugak team.
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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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First of all, please know that as a team we are overwhelmed with the support we have received from all of you this week. Also a huge thank you to our friends Hana and Etoile who rounded up 4000.00 in medications and medical supplies which are scare here in Lombok. We have been working so hard to build capacities, build partnerships and empower.
Yesterday we witnessed the first signs of rebuilding. We visited many remote villages and we're so touched to see that some of the most remote places had communities come together and had begun to rebuild the first home.

We also visited Kayangan, the epicenter of the earthquake with the highest body count on Lombok. We had tried our best to prepare ourselves for the pain we might see there. We were welcomed by the local military who are managing one of the largest camps on the island. We had the chance to build relationships with the people in this camp and we're overwhelmed by the resilience of the people in this community. We we're welcomed by smiling children who played with us, they wouldn't allow us to leave without feeding us some of their noodles. How can people who lost everything share the little they had? We felt like we didn't have the heart to eat their food but it would have been a dishonour if we hadn't. The sense of community we experienced was beautiful.
We felt like we had finally seen some great progress, then we went to check on two more villages. There are many isolated camps which are not as well connected, not having military protection or organized aid. Upon entering a tarp town housing 1300+ people we saw evidence of a disease pandemic beginning. Mother's and children bathing in the ditch beside the road. Multiple cases of stomach problems and respiratory disease. We learned that food and shelter is the main priority of these families while risk reduction is their least priority. This has caused us to expand our plans. We are currently partnering with other key foundations to help reduce these problems.
On a bright note, today Mark and I had our first conference/training session with almost 100 volunteers to prepare to mobilize a team focused on reducing the emotional traumas these children have experienced. Most touching to us is that fact that these volunteers are leaving their families to go live in these camps to develop trusting/healing relationships. Lombok is becoming stronger and stronger by the day, but there is so much work to be done. Our project list keeps growing.
And daily after working 12-16 hours per day on our efforts, before we rest we can't help but say why is it never enough? We will continue to work and partner with others until we can effect true change. Once again, thank you for your support. No matter how big or small, our collective difference will change lives.
Mark and Amanda
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Thank you to all of you for taking the time to help Lombok. Today the rescue efforts continued, appeared to have ramped up this morning as we witnessed three helicopters arrive before we left our command post.

We did experience a very strong Aftershock of 6.2 around 130pm today. We are becoming quite good at running to safety after the slightest movement under our feet. People continue to suffer as the efforts remain generated around ground rescue and emergency first aid. People continue to be trapped and we're now hitting the 90 hour mark.

On the bright side, we had the opportunity to join Berugak Lombok and the Indonesian Foreign Minister to discuss various ways to rebuild Lombok and it's residents when emergency aid leaves. We have had many new project ideas well received and are excited to continue working towards these goals.

LOMBOK STRONG!
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