In early evening hours of September 30, 2009, a powerful 7.6 earthquake struck near the city of Padang, Indonesia. This followed a 7.0 earthquake that devastated West Java on September 2. The earthquakes left 81 people dead, 1,297 injured and 41 missing. Additionally, approximately 100,000 homes, 3,000 schools and 500 office buildings were damaged.
Habitat’s response in Sumatra, Indonesia
Habitat for Humanity Indonesia is assisting more than 1,000 families with house repairs and rehabilitations. Habitat is also helping to clear debris, provide access to clean water and distribute kits containing basic carpentry tools to use in the clean-up and later for rebuilding.
Read the Disaster Response Update report for an update on our progress.
Soon, Habitat Indonesia will begin building 2,500 houses, 10 schools and repairing an additional 1,000 houses. The new Habitat homes will be designed with earthquake-resistant features and equipped with a latrine.
Habitat’s response in West Java, Indonesia
In October 2009, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia kicked off its project to rebuild and repair houses for over 1,500 earthquake-affected families in the Pangalengan District, West Java.
“With the enormous damage to housing in the area, compounded by hot days and very cold nights of this mountainous area, we must work together to support families to go back to their home as quickly as possible,” says Habitat Indonesia’s national director, Tri Budiardjo.
The program uses an earthquake-resistant, 18 square meter core house design. The first 200 homes are due to be completed by December, 2009.
How you can help
You can take part in helping Indonesia’s displaced families by making an online donation towards building and repairing homes for the affected families. Your gift to Habitat will support our efforts to make a difference.
Please donate today to support Habitat’s efforts in Indonesia.