A 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Central Sulawesi Province on 28 September.

It’s been over two months since the earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 2,000 lives and affected more than 2.4 million people.

In this time Wahana Visi (World Vision Indonesia) has already reached over 83,000 people through providing temporary shelter, food and nutrition, child protection, and clean water and hygiene assistance.

Over 4,300 children in affected areas have attended 20 Child Friendly Spaces we’ve established, giving them a chance to be children despite the severe disruption to their lives. In the coming weeks and months we will be working with other organisations to ensure children can resume their education.

Wahana Visi has has also set up Women, Adolescent and Young Children Spaces for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Here they are able to receive advice and support during such a stressful and uncertain time.

The approaching monsoon season poses additional health risks for the 68,451 families whose homes have been severely damaged and the 173,000 people who remain displaced.

The 28 September earthquake triggered a series of tsunami waves that reached up to three metres, sweeping away all in their path along beaches in Donggala and Palu.

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami FAQs

It’s estimated that more than 2.4 million people have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

Survivors are in urgent need of:

  • food
  • clean water
  • medical treatment
  • temporary housing

World Vision has been working in Indonesia since the 1960s and has local staff and long-standing programs in the earthquake zone.

World Vision Indonesia is working closely with Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency to assess needs and have already started delivering relief to children and families, including blankets and tarpaulins. We have also set up an infant and young child feeding centre at our office in Palu town.

We aim to reach 80,000 survivors during an initial six-month emergency response through activities including: 

  • distributing food and providing clean water and emergency toilets
  • providing shelter and hygiene items including blankets, soap and tarpaulins
  • working with local health workers to halt the spread of disease
  • setting up safe spaces where children can play, learn and receive specialist support

The most pressing needs right now are to prevent the spread of disease and to keep vulnerable children and families safe.

World Vision has several development projects in the earthquake zone that support thousands of sponsored children, as well as two projects funded by the Australian Government.

After an extensive search, our team on the ground has now located all sponsored children and their families. We updated sponsors as soon as information was available on how their sponsored child had been affected by this disaster. 

Donations over $2 to our Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal may be tax deductible depending on your own personal tax position.

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 Help Indonesia's earthquake survivors

We need your help now to raise $2 million to provide survivors with food, clean water, shelter and safe spaces for children.It’s estimated that more than 2.4 million people have been affected. Homes, schools, hospitals and other buildings have been badly damaged or destroyed. Infrastructure, including roads, bridges and power lines, has also been severely affected.