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Project information

Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami

Urgent life-saving support required following devastating disaster in Indonesia

On 28th September 2018 an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

1-3 months

Charity information: Medair UK

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  • Need


    A strong earthquake toppled buildings and triggered a deadly and destructive tsunami. The tsunami hit land in Palu, a city home to about 350,000 people, at a speed of 800 kph with waves of up to six metres high. Other areas along the coastline have been badly damaged and reports are still pending from the more remote areas.


    Project Summary
    Restore dignity and reduce morbidity and mortality through rapid support of emergency basic needs and services to targeted vulnerable populations most affected by the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1. Carry out multisectoral rapid assessments to identify the most vulnerable populations.


    » 1. Carry out assessments including market assessment to consider an early recovery project considering shelter and water and sanitation needs.

    What success will look like

    Assessments completed and recovery activities started.

    Aim 2

    2. Support vulnerable families’ critical needs through distribution of basic items.


    » 2. Provide multipurpose cash and/or in-kind items for at least 500 affected households.

    What success will look like

    Items purchased and distributed to 500 affected households.

    Aim 3

    Coordinate with government disaster management teams and counterparts.


    » To co - ordinate our activities with those of other aid agencies and government disaster management teams.

    What success will look like

    Successful co-ordination and implementation of our activities in conjunction with those of others.

  • Impact


    This project will help local communities, particularly women and children, to recover from the effects of this disaster.


    Lack of funding: if sufficient funding is not received, the programme will not be able to meet all its objectives. We are actively fundraising to ensure sufficient funds are secured.
    Access restricted: risk of restricted access to certain areas due to the deterioration of security. We are building relationships with government and local partners to facilitate access.


    Email/write to thank and update donors regularly and progressively over the next few months and share programme updates with donors via newsletters (with photos, progress reports, beneficiaries' feedback, etc.).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £383,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £383,000 Total Cost This includes logistics, co-ordination and technical support.
  • Background


    Our project is located in remote areas of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia where, due to the severity of the earthquake and tsunami, it is difficult to reach affected communities.


    This project will particularly support children, women, and the elderly who are the most vulnerable groups during the aftermath of the disaster. We anticipate that the majority of beneficiaries will be women and children under 5 years old.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Medair has nearly 30 years’ experience of providing life-saving humanitarian relief during emergency crises and in very dangerous and difficult-to-access places.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Carl Adams

    Emergency Response Team Leader for Indonesia

    Neil Casey

    Director of Medair UK