Earthquake Indonesia rebuild

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On the last 5th of August at 7:49pm a big earthquake happened in the mount Rinjani area, in North Lombok (Indonesia). Is difficult to describe what we felt in that moment, when the land shacked strongly and the power went off leaving us in the darkness. The few next hours, the island went into fear in a dark night full of aftershocks and tsunami alarms which were (luckily) false alarms.

My first thinking after the strong movements finished, were my guests at my small boutique hotel The Mandana. We all were lucky and nothing happened to the staff and guests. They were having dinner out of their rooms. After few hours of look for them, we could locate in a open area near the harbor. We decided then, to move together near the mosque land inside to wait till the first lights in the morning to go to the hotel and take their belongings. I could rescue some blankets and lanterns to make them more comfortable.

In the morning, we could check the conditions of the hotel. I remember I only could repeat myself "this is not happening".
After rescue the guest’s belongings the staff help them go to the harbor and evacuate the island. My staff in tears, helped them in what they could do. I’m proud of their job theses days. I stayed at the hotel observing them going meanwhile I was not even able to look at my dream destroyed.

That dream, my small hotel I always planned to have, was almost finished after work hard during 3 years. And now, it was destroyed. Also the house of Sira, one of my workers was totally destroyed in Lombok. He lost everything he had.


But also the most painful is to know that my loyal worker Sira is in even worse situation. He lost his house where lives with his 2 year old child and his relatives.

Keep positive for rebuilding and start again

After 2 months of the big earthquakes (two 7.0 magnitude and more than 500 aftershoks), we start to see all with bigger perspective and try to have positive thinking. Is hard for everybody, and not always can be as possitive as I should be. The hotel is closed with no guests and pending to find funds and workers to rebuild.

But rainny seasson is comming soon and time is finishing. Sira lives with his family in a provisional tend with plastics and some reused materials of his original house. They need to build another provisonal house soon before big rains arrive to north Lombok.

It's my purpose to help Sira's family to build a proper house in time. By now, we will start to build a provisional house to stay during rainny season. Later, we will see what can we do to improve the house and extend it depending on the funds.

The funds received for rebuilding his house and repair the hotel are still not enough. Many people already helped with their donations. We still need much more to reach the cost of the project. But thanks to that donations, I could ensure the salary and jobs of all the staff even we dont have guests. With the funds we have, I think I can do it till end of October or maybe November.

Some about me

I arrived to Gili Air (Lombok) more than 3 years ago. After travel arround Asia I decided to stop somwhere to open my dreamed busines. A small boutique hotel. The Mandana was a reality after 3 long and hard years of work. Found the land, negotiate the contracts and spend more than 2 years building and leading with workers and 6 different contractors... A truly nightmare which was going to finish just before the earthquake.  But I did it! And I'm proud of that.


Imagine all you worked hard for so long time it's almost finished (we plan to open the 3rd and last room on 8th of august), and then, it disapears in few seconds and sends you almost to the start position again.

So here I am! Ready to start again adn rebuild not only The Mandana Gili Air, but also my staff house in Lombok.

PS: This is me 2 days after the earthquake going in the pick up to Mataram in Lombok.
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Since all this happened there is no day we stop to archieve our target. Thanks to you all, I start to see the product of your donations and support. 2 days ago, we could find the workers to build the new Sira's house. 2 room house with good materials just in time before rainny seasson arrives.
Works have to be finished next week.

Thank you again!! Sira's family and I are grateful for your help.
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We started to demolish the affected walls with the wonderful help of the hotel staff because of the impossibility (for now) of finding workers to do it. It is very painful to have to destroy what we have taken 2 years to build. But the good attitude and help of the staff is still very important to recover. We have all accepted that now we have to do anything to move forward. We do not give up!

Thank you all for your support!


Empezamos a demoler las paredes afectadas con ayuda del personal del hotel por la imposibilidad (por ahora) de encontrar obreros para hacerlo. Es muy doloroso tener que destruir aquello que hemos tardado 2 años en construir. Pero la buena actitud y ayuda del personal está siendo muy importante para recuperarnos. Todos hemos aceptado que ahora toca hacer cualquier cosa para seguir adelante. No nos rendimos!

Gracias a todos vosotros por vuestra ayuda!
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[ENGLISH] We already have the result of the study of the German engineer who came from Bali some days ago. It's not going to be easy but there are solutions to void demolish the building of the kitchen. We will have to reinforce the structure in the groud floor and rebuild totally the kitchen. Which are good news because we don't have to demolish yes or yes, but the economic cost is going to be high.
The main building has also a big problem with the structure in the first floor but it can be solved. The problem is find the way to do it without have to knock down all the roof...
Pool area walls have to be reinforced or demolished to aboid collapse and rebuild. We have to decide.

[SPANISH] Ya tenemos el resultado del estudio del ingeniero alemán que vino desde Bali hace algunos días. No va a ser fácil, pero existen soluciones para evitar la demolición del edificio de la cocina. Tendremos que reforzar la estructura en el piso de inferior, añadir columnas bajo la escalera y reconstruir totalmente la cocina. Que son buenas noticias porque no hay que demoler necesariamente, pero el coste económico va a ser grande.
El edificio principal también tiene un gran problema con la estructura en el primer piso, pero se puede resolver. El problema es encontrar la manera de hacerlo sin tener que derribar todo el techo ...
El muro del área de la piscina y el pórtico deben ser reforzadas o demolidos para evitar el colapso y la reconstrucción. Tenemos que decidir.
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[ENGLISH] Yesterday Sira (my worker who lost his house in the earthquake in Lombok) back to work with the aim to help as much as possible to start recovering The Mandana. Even the big works can not be done (the earth has to stop moving, have to dind proper contractor and have the funds to rebuild) we started to fix small things and making others safe. Like relocate the wood column out of place which menaced to collapse the big roof of the main building.

Also we cleaned and reconstruct the pool pump room to convert it in the temporary kitchen soon.

Last night was the firts night I could sleep inside my room. Fear and movements start to desapear. Live backs to normality...I hope.

[SPANISH] Ayer, Sira (el trabajador que perdió su casa en el terremoto en Lombok) volvió a trabajar con el objetivo de ayudar lo más posible a comenzar a recuperar The Mandana. Aunqye las grandes obras no se pueden hacer aun (la tierra tiene que dejar de moverse, tenemos que encontrar al contratista adecuado y tener los fondos para reconstruir) Sira y yo hemos comenzado a arreglar cosas pequeñas y a proteger otras que amenazaban con caerse. Como reubicar una columna de madera que estaba fuera de lugar y que amenazaba con colapsar el gran tejado del edificio principal.

También limpiamos y reconstruimos la caseta de bombas de la piscina para convertirla cuanto antes en una cocina, aunque provisional.

Anoche fue la primera vez que pude dormir dentro de mi habitación. El miedo y los temblores comienzan a desaparecer. Volvemos parcialemente a la normalidad ... espero.
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