On Sep 28, 2018, a 7.4 Richter scale devastated Palu, Central Sulawesi, which induced tsunami as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in Palu and surrounding area. The physical geography of Palu creates a disadvantage as the waves were funneled into the bay without no way out but over-flow inland.
Adding to the problem, the tsunami buoys did not function to gave warnings to the residents. Chaos took place after several waves pounded the coastline from Donggala to Palu, destroyed and damaged 65,733 houses , killing 1,234 people (as of Oct 3, 2018).
The airport of Palu was affected as 20% of the runway was damaged, causing a limitation with remaining 2,000 m runway. The airport was closed and only used for humanitarian efforts organized by the military and government agencies. The commercial flights were canceled.
HOPE worldwide rushed to the site as relief teams from Jakarta, Manado, and Makasar left the next day to reach Palu through almost 1,000 km. Life-saving supplies of food, water, medicine, and emergency shelter were rushed.
Once arrive in Palu, team distribute supplies to communities in need.The residents were restless as reports of lootings took place in several locations in the city. Adding to that, restless residents stormed the airport as hundreds (some reported thousands) flocked the apron on airport. At one point, they cover the runway, disturbing the activities of airplanes landing and taking off.
Residents scrambled to higher ground and needing assistance. The AHA Center reported that 1.5 million people affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and 191,000 people urgently needing assistance. Until the 5th day after the disaster, reports from various villages that they need food and shelters. Electricity was down, as well as clean water is scarce. The gas station ran out of fuels and created rationing and long lines.
The scale of disaster is beyond what the experts expected. The area was shutdown and is unreachable by air. Search and rescue teams struggled to arrive to location, while the government is not yet to open door for international search and rescue teams.
The government on Oct 2 list down main needs of displaced persons. This disaster will take a long journey for recovery. HOPE worldwide is standing by with the people of Central Sulawesi. We are mobilizing supplies and services as we try to save lives.
Please Pray for the efforts on the ground.
Fourteen Homes and Counting...
(The Lasting Impact of HOPE Youth Corps)
On all of our HWW volunteer Corps, we strive to create sustainable programs. We do not want to show up
in a location, do some token service for a week or two, and then disappear without establishing a beneficial
connection with the local work.
We challenged the participants to stay connected with the local HWW program. We all went home, but we
did stay connected! In the last 11 months since the trip, we have collectively raised funds for an additional 9 homes! In addition, the volunteers have contributed so the Center of HOPE could have a kitchen, a toilet, a floor, etc.
We believe in intelligent service that strengthens the local projects. Our volunteers are smart. They want to know they have truly made a difference!
2015 saw us undertake a project to install water tanks at the Bokolma Clinic and at the Gumine Church of Christ. Trips by HOPE worldwide Australia and PNG staff and volunteers were made during June and October 2015 in support of this trip. Due to quickly changing circumstances, we had to leave the site and were not able to document the completion of the project, but we now have good news to share!
Water is available at both the clinic and ad the church. It is making a significant difference in the lives of many people in the community.
You can visit the HOPE worldwide PNG web site for more details about how this project is making a difference in the community at http://hopewwpng.org/2016/04/13/gumine-water-project-2015/.
Our own 2015 Annual Report is now available on the web. You can read it by pressing the button below.
HOPE worldwide PNG have released their 2015 annual report on their web site.
You can access it at http://hopewwpng.org/2015-annual-report/
Our supporting churches in Melbourne, Sydney, Goldcoast, Brisbane and Auckland took up a collection this week and together with online donations over $12,000 was raised to assist the drought affected communities in Gumine and Calvary in the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea. An initial $7,000 has been transferred to Papua New Guinea to allow for the immediate purchase and delivery of food and water aid. The remainder of the funds will be sent in the following weeks to support the initial aid effort and depending on need will either provide more food supplies or provide longer term solutions (e.g. developing water supply). Felix Tokwepota (below), who leads the Port Moresby Church of Christ is setting up a committee to manage the food and water aid. I spoke to him earlier this week and he was greatly encouraged by the response from Australia to help. He wanted mme to pass on a big THANK YOU on behalf of the Papua New Guineas who will benefit. Please keep Papua New Guinea in your prayers- for the food and water aid to help many as well as for the drought to come to an end soon.
Felix on his way to the Highlands- earlier this year. He will be making another trip soon to assist with the drought effort
Join us for the first ever HOPE Youth Corps to the beautiful country of Fiji. It consists of 110 inhabited islands with less than a million in population and is considered to be the heart and soul of the South Pacific region with the potential to have an impact well beyond it’s own shores.
Amidst the natural beauty is a largely rural population where many live in poverty with limited access to health care, education and social services.
The two-week program begins with an orientation in Nadi and then a road trip across the main island to the capital city, Suva. In Suva we will be working on a variety of service projects at St Christopher House, an orphanage. Activities will include: conducting classroom teaching with the children, painting various parts of the school, setting up a new library as well as spending play time with the children. In the evenings we will be with the church in Suva, encouraging the different ministries.
On the second week we will move to a village outside Suva for a community service program. This will include different projects working with the locals: the construction of a play area, painting, light building work, playing and reading with the children plus immersing ourselves in the culture by living in the village. We hope you can join us and be a part of a once in a lifetime experience in Fiji!
St Christopher House, Suva. Left to right: Alex- HOPE coordinator in Fiji with her son, Jared- HOPE Youth Corps site leader
Proposed site for Mailega village outside Suva
More information and registration for HYC Fiji 2015 can be found at http://www.hopeworldwide.org.au/hope-volunteer-corp-fiji.html
Places are limited so check it out soon so you don't miss out!