Those who have surfed Lakey Peak in Sumbawa will likely recall coming through the Bima City Airport.
On the 21st and 22nd of December, flash floods devastated the city of Bima; where SurfAid’s office is located, and near to SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health Program in the sub-district of Parado.
With up to two meters of flooding in some sub-districts, 66% of Bima city was affected, impacting 105,754 people.
SurfAid has officially handed over the mother and child health and water projects in three hamlets that were started in 2012.
The projects for the Nemnemleleu community included training for the community health volunteers; materials for assessing the health and growth of children under five, and their mothers and pregnant women; and clean water through new piping from springs, water storage tanks and tap stands.
A large contingent of health department officials and other dignitaries attended the ceremony, which was held at the Nemnemleleu school.
Humanitarian organisation SurfAid today launched an appeal to assist the Filipino people in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda.
Billabong and the Quiksilver Foundation have already pledged $5,000 each. Both were lead donors in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which was SurfAid’s first emergency response after being established in 2000.
SurfAid today released some key results of their past year’s work in isolated regions of Indonesia.
SurfAid’s Country Director Anne Wuijts said SurfAid has 60 field staff living and working in remote villages off the coast of Sumatra and in Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia.
Many of the world’s best surf destinations are remote and people in remote areas are often forgotten, as delivering services there is costly, time-consuming and requires serious efforts. SurfAid passionately believes that no matter where you live, you have a right to access quality basic services.
It’s just over two years since the Mentawai tsunami in October 2010 and it’s inspiring to see the resilience of the local people who have managed to pick themselves up and move forward.
The disaster killed more than 500 people and left thousands homeless. SurfAid embarked on a one-year recovery program to help them get back on their feet.
Communications director Kirk Willcox returned to the field recently with a filmmaker Sascha Ettinger Epstein. He writes:
Surfaid is resuming its landmark Malaria Free Mentawai (MFM) program on a major scale after the last widespread rollout in 2007-2008.
The insecticide-treated malaria nets have a lifespan of about five years before they need to be replaced.
Surfaid’s Country Director Anne Wuijts said malaria is a communicable disease which remains a community health problem around the world, including Indonesia.
The past year has been a huge endeavour for our management and field teams as we rolled out our recovery program after the 2010 tsunami devastated many of the Mentawai villages.
We have now moved into long-term recovery for affected communities and we have a new program called SeSe, which means ‘appropriate’ in Mentawai language.
Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of more than 17,000 islands. The Indonesian population is the fourth largest in the world, with a total of 240 million inhabitants. About 19 million people try to survive on less than US$1 a day, while a staggering 120 million people live on less than US$2 a day.
During the Mentawai Tsunami Recovery Program, SurfAid worked with partner arche noVa to implement clean water facilities. Besides hardware, arche noVa also tried to increase awareness about hygiene practice. Although some public latrines were built by different international NGOs (non-governmental organisations), most of the community members were defecating in the open, in the forest or river.
After an intense year of work, SurfAid has completed the major projects of our Tsunami Recovery Program in the Mentawai Islands since the 25 October 2010 disaster.
After our initial Emergency Response, seven recovery projects ran simultaneously across two islands, three of which were implemented by SurfAid partners YRSM (Yayasan Reimar Schefold Mentawai), arche noVa and IBU Foundation.
It’s just over a year since the earthquake and tsunami hit the Mentawai Islands on October 25, 2010. SurfAid was at the forefront of the emergency response. Once again, our experiences revealed to us the extent to which knowledge, resourcefulness and global community spirit can save lives. Helping people prepare for and deal with the recurrent natural disasters that are part of life in this region has become part of SurfAid’s mission.
There have been several activities within the Hygiene Promotion Program as part of SurfAid’s Mentawai tsunami recovery activities, of which AusAID is the lead funder.
One was a campaign for hand-washing with soap using flowing water in an elementary school that involved Grades IV and V students. Aulan Fikro Islami, 12, who lives in Sagitsi Timur hamlet, was one of the Grade V students of Nemnem Leleu School.
SurfAid field activity this year has focused on our Tsunami Emergency Recovery Program in the Mentawai Islands, our Health Program in Nias, and the planning process for our new Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) program in the Mentawai, Banyak and Telo islands.
We have launched an ‘Epic Mentawai’ campaign to raise funds for our work and all donations are greatly appreciated.
It is five months since a relatively small earthquake in the Indian Ocean generated the tsunami wave that swept across the Mentawai Islands, destroying villages and killing more than 500 people on 25 October last year. SurfAid launched an immediate emergency response, and within 24 hours had started to dispatch aid to the islands.
SurfAid's Shelter Project team standing on the site of a new home.
SurfAid engineer Lamhot Purba works with community members to ensure solid and durable construction techniques. The Mentawai people are amazing craftsmen with timber. With technical assistance from SurfAid to improve strength and durability, the homes will be appropriate to their needs.
Padang. 1pm Friday 26 November 2010
The Emergency Response formally ended on Monday this week, one month after the 25 October 7.7 earthquake and tsunami.
Latest figures from the Indonesian Government indicate that 509 people were killed; 21 are still missing; 550 houses were destroyed; and more than 11,400 people remain displaced from their homes.
In the past two weeks, the focus has shifted from the immediate provision of food, shelter and medical attention to the issue of the displaced population.
SurfAid today completed the first phase of our Emergency Response for the Mentawai Islands which has concentrated on assessing the immediate needs of the affected communities and distributing food and non-food assistance.
SurfAid is managing to get emergency aid supplies into the villages most-affected by the tsunami despite the worst weather and sea conditions in the Mentawai Islands in years.
The surf charter boats, which are carrying supplies and assessment teams, have been battling 30 knot winds and wild, 3 - 4 metre (10 - 12 foot seas).
An aid boat was helping a local in his motorised sampan when they lost him in the bad weather.