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   Vol. 17 No. 66
Monday October 8, 2018

Lean Into Indonesia Disaster Relief

   An earthquake victim is bandaged at a makeshift hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi Indonesia.
   Aid was slowly making its way into areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck a central Indonesian island. One neighborhood's residents were clapping, cheering and high-fiving in their excitement this past Wednesday at seeing a stopped truck laden with supplies.
   “The scale of the Sulawesi disaster,” said Lilianne Fan, (right) International Director Geutanyoe Foundation, “is now becoming visible and still some areas have yet to be reached.
   “Survivors have still received very little aid and logistics are extremely difficult.
   “An emergency response team from Aceh is now in Makassar and travelling to Palu tomorrow morning and will be establishing a joint communal kitchen with Solidaritas Perempuan (Women's Solidarity) as a first intervention.
   “We will also be assessing the ground situation in detail and identifying where our support will be most effective.
   “Our focus will be, as always, on the most vulnerable, including children, pregnant women, widows, elderly, and persons with disabilities.
   “And we will, as always, work in a way that builds local resilience and puts local people at the center of their recovery.
   “A huge thank you to all of you who have supported us or other organizations who are responding to this disaster to get urgently needed assistance to the people of Sulawesi in their time of need,” Lilianne Fan said.

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