This Christmas in Indonesia, hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of being without shelter. A devastating earthquake and tsunami last September destroyed almost 70,000 homes, and families urgently need protection from the coming rain.
10-year-old Selsi was saved by her uncle when he took her hand and ran for their lives.
I was praying in the prayer room near my home when the earthquake happened.
Suddenly my hand was pulled by my uncle. He said that the sea water was rising. Everything happened so fast.
Selsi saw her home and her community destroyed by the tsunami, but she was fortunate to survive the tragedy which took the life of her best friend. She is living in an evacuation camp set up close to where her home used to be before it was swept away by the tsunami.
Our engineers and staff are on the ground providing shelter, dignity kits (including towels, sanitary pads and shoes) and family hygiene kits (including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and nappies).
Crucially, we are also working to provide safe spaces for children to continue their education, to receive counselling, and safe spaces in which they can play.
– €30 can help pay for dignity kits, including towels, sanitary pads and shoes;
– €60 can help pay for a family hygiene kit, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and nappies;
– €300 can help pay for a full shelter kit, including tarpaulin, rope, and sleeping mats so a family can have shelter this winter.
For children like Selsi, their lives are turned upside down. They have lost their homes, their education has been disrupted, and they have seen friends and family become injured or die.
But your kindness this Christmas will give a child like Selsi a brighter future.
Can help pay for dignity kits for families, including towels, sanitary pads and shoes.
Can help pay for a family hygiene kit, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and nappies.
Can help pay for a full shelter kit, including tarpaulin, rope, and sleeping mats.
If we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent on this project, any additional funds will be used wherever the need is greatest.