Indonesia: Earthquake-affected communities get permanent housing, safe building training

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IOM is to build 150 permanent houses in earthquake affected communities in Yogyakarta as part of an Australian-funded programme that will at the same time train people in safe building methods and earthquake preparedness.

IOM's Mobile Shelter Assistance (MSA) programme, agreed with RHK Project Management on behalf of the Australia Agency of International Development (AusAID), will use the houses as hands on construction training centres targeting an estimated 10,000 people in 20 villages over a 6-week period.

The programme, which aims to rebuild communities through the provision of technical assistance for rehabilitation and reconstruction through community-based participatory processes, will also provide building materials to assist in permanent reconstruction.

The MSA programme, which focuses on long term reconstruction, marks a shift from IOM's early recovery and reconstruction efforts in Yogyakarta and Central Java following the May 2006 earthquake.

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, which left 6,000 people dead and 1.5 million homeless, IOM distributed almost 250,000 emergency shelter items. Since then it has constructed some 15,000 transitional bamboo shelters.

For further information, please contact: IOM Yogyakarta. Manfred Profazi. Email: Tel. +62.8126989879. Or Ashley Carl. Email: Tel. +62.811268076.