Indonesia Quake: First Task, Clean Up
Habitat Staff and Volunteers Join Village Recovery Team
YOGYAKARTA, 5th June 2006: One week after an earthquake ripped through Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces of Indonesia, Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers worked alongside villagers in Kelegen, Bantul, to salvage building materials from the piles of rubble that had been their homes.
They were joined by volunteers from the local operations of Cargill, the international agricultural, food, financial and industrial products group. Cargill is a major supporter of Habitat’s work in Asia and around the world.
The volunteers cleared the debris from house foundations and made piles of bricks, timbers and clay roof tiles, which were sometimes intact when a roof structure had not completely collapsed.
The Cargill volunteers from the firm’s animal nutrition division in Jakarta, came to lend a hand and donated tools and a generator.
Said Jusuf Arbianto, retired banker and chairman of the HFH Indonesia national board, “These villagers have lost so much, and they don’t yet know how they will go on. We want to help them and to show that someone cares.” Donning hard hat and gloves, Jusuf joined a line of volunteers and villagers passing chunks of concrete hand to hand.
Among the volunteers doing manual labor were HFH office staff from Habitat offices in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, along with others with skills in engineering, architecture, community organizing and construction management. When the community is ready to rebuild, they will be ready to contribute their professional expertise to the tasks of community mapping, planning and co-ordination.