Indonesia has suffered a multitude of earthquakes in recent weeks, Lombok, Bali and now Sulawesi. SISWP Federation President Anusha Santhirasthipam is launching a President’s Special Appeal called “SOROPTIMIST MAKMUR INDONESIA” Tsunami & Earthquakes Appeal today 17th October 2018.

MAKMUR means PROSPEROUS or flourishing, to be wholesome and peaceful. It is the opposite of POVERTY. SISWP launches this special appeal on October 17 in conjunction with International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. When natural disasters strike it is the women and children who are the most vulnerable and in greatest danger. Displaced, homeless and without food and medical supplies, water and sanitation, they are under threat of sexual violence, rape, murder, crime, slavery and trafficking.

SISWP will work in partnership with SI Kemang and SI Jakarta in Indonesia to provide disaster relief funds for the following programmes to support disaster-affected families in Sulawesi and Lombok. This will help families:

• heal and recover with emergency healthcare and safety supplies.
• improve their access to water and sanitation facilities.
• build temporary and transitional shelter and schools.
• rebuild their livelihoods through early recovery interventions.


Current Situation

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Friday, September 28. The quake, and the resulting 10-foot tsunami waves, levelled buildings and brought destruction to the city of Palu (pop. 335,000) and surrounding areas. As of October 15, the death toll has exceeded 2,200 people, with up to 5,000 more missing and feared dead due to landslides and liquefaction. Thousands have been seriously injured. Around 80,000 people have been displaced, staying in over 200 sites. About 68,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami, leaving some 330,000 people without adequate shelter.

Access to Palu remains difficult as the airport is small and has been damaged in the earthquake and therefore can handle only a limited number of aircraft; road access has also been affected by the earthquake. Priority needs identified are temporary shelter items (tents, tarpaulins, blankets, plastic floor sheets and mattresses), emergency medical supplies and other non-food items, transitional shelter, water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion and early recovery. Many areas have yet to receive any assistance. It is monsoon rainy season and diseases like malaria, flu outbreaks and pneumonia are life threatening.

Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific & SI Indonesia: Immediate Emergency Response (Phase 1)

Palu Indonesia SI Indonesia assistanceSI IndonesiaSI Club Kemang and local partner medical team acted immediately as news of the disaster broke across Asia, since the first hours of the crisis to determine how best to respond.

SISWP has provided emergency disaster funds to supply health/medical kits and sanitary/toiletries supplies for 500 families. SI Indonesia team has carried out assessment of recovery and rehabilitation needs of IDPs (Internal Displaced People survivors) and has requested support from SISWP and SI clubs and members worldwide.
 20 health facilities have been damaged and only two (2) health facilities have operated in an emergency mode.

SI Jakarta has carried out work in earthquakes affected Lombok to support disaster-affected families with shelter and essential emergency supplies. Rehabilitation programmes have been identified and are ready to commence once funds are secured.

Soroptimist Makmur Indonesia Tsunami & Earthquake Appeal – Rehabilitation (Phase 2)

SISWP will prioritise the healthcare, hygiene and safety, shelter, education, empowerment and enabling of women and families. Basic amenities such medical aid kits and sanitary supplies, tents, floor coverings, mosquito nets and drinking water will be supplied first.

01110 Water Appeal Logo Middle Width webSISWP Federation is teaming up with Soroptimist International under SI President’s Appeal 2017-2019 Women, Water & Leadership Project to enable SI Indonesia to establish Water & Sanitation projects in Sulawesi & Lombok for the supply and installation of water and sanitation facilities, building of toilets and enclosed shower facilities for women and girls, rainwater harvesting equipment, training of women to maintain and manage all such necessary amenities and facilities.

SISWP will fund the building of temporary schools and provision of education materials, trauma counselling and post-disaster mental and emotional rehabilitation of survivors, provide assistance programmes for crop cultivation and animal rearing to overcome malnutrition, ensure food security and economic empowerment of rural families, with priority for women-led households.

These programmes will commence in November 2018 with emergency phase activities. Once liquefaction and bacteria from decomposing bodies has subsided, SI clubs in Indonesia will undertake rehabilitation phase activities.

As soon as the Government of Indonesia determines the new sites for relocation of all displaced survivor families, building of toilets and shower facilities, installation of water and sanitation equipment, building of schools and carrying out of education and empowerment programmes for women and children will happen.




Shelter materials and non-food items: AUD $150,000
Water supply, sanitation, toilets and hygiene: AUD $250,000
Early recovery: AUD $100,000
Other program costs (personnel, logistics, equipment) AUD $100,000

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