October 9 2009

SOS Children's Villages Indonesia joins relief efforts for quake-victims

09/10/2009 - To help survivors of the earthquake of Sumatra Island, co-workers of SOS Children's Villages Indonesia accompanied a government relief team of Yogyakarta this week. The 31 member strong team will stay at Nagari Pandangan Village near Padang for one month. They will establish a public kitchen and distribute clothes, blankets and other essential items. A team of doctors from Maranatha and Immanuel University will join them shortly.

Separately, two co-workers from Jakarta along with a team of Djojohadikusumo Foundation will reach Padang and assess the situation of affected children and their needs. Based on the assessment, further relief would be commenced.

On 30 September, Sumatra Island was hit by a 7.6 magnitude quake which left about four million homeless and thousands dead. Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province, bore the brunt and has almost flattened.