Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response

Update: One Year On

Update: One Year On

On 28 September 2018, Indonesia was struck by a series of powerful earthquakes – the worst a 7.8-magnitude – followed by a three-metre tsunami that smashed into Sulawesi. 2,800 people lost their lives and more than 170,000 people were left homeless.

Having worked in Indonesia for more than 50 years, CARE was able to immediately deploy an emergency response team to some of the hardest-to-reach areas. Working with local partners and staff, and with the support of our generous donors, we were able to begin our lifesaving work immediately.

Your support has helped CARE and our partners reach more than 60,000 people so far:

  • 6,444 people received financial support to help feed their families
  • 5,500 hygiene kits were distributed, improved community health
  • 494 men’s and women’s toilets have been built
  • 17,833 people now have been given access to clean drinking water
  • 43,263 people have been trained in good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases
  • 28,471 people received emergency shelter materials, household necessities, and training to rebuild their houses with safer techniques.

Your help is still needed

One year on, CARE continues to deliver humanitarian assistance including construction and rehabilitation of clean water supplies and assistance to the thousands still living in shelters.

We are helping survivors regain lost livelihoods, repair damaged homes, restore public services, and get children back in school. As always, the safety of women and children remains a top priority for CARE.

We have made much progress in a year – but a long journey remains ahead. Your donation to our Global Emergency Fund means we can immediately provide lifesaving aid to those who need it most, and continue to support communities to be prepared and ready for when disaster strikes.