Indonesian quake leaves children’s shelter in ruins
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Eighty children are sleeping on mattresses in a field after the shelters they lived in were destroyed by a powerful earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia.
The Peduli Anak Foundation is a small NGO that provides health and educational services to underprivileged children, including four shelters for victims of exploitation or violence who are referred to the organization by social workers. When the August 5 earthquake levelled the Peduli Anak’s shelter, both the staff and the children found themselves without a roof. Luckily, nobody was injured.
“The children are doing okay,” says Chaim Fetter, the foundation’s founder. “Of course, they’re still traumatized. They were already traumatized when they came here – these children were exploited, abused, neglected – and now they’re only getting extra-traumatized, and that’s what we don’t want. We want to give them a safe place and protect them, but at this moment we cannot give them a safe place, because we don’t have a place anymore.”
Fetter showed us the wreckage:
Fetter says they have received donations of food and blankets, but that they will now need build a temporary shelter and raise funds to rebuild the structures and make them as earthquake-proof as possible.
“We are a small organization that needed 13 years to build this – every time we had a little bit of money, we built a new shelter for the children – and everything was destroyed in ten seconds.”
The Peduli Anak Foundation is calling for donations via its website.
As of August 8, the official death toll in the Lombok earthquake stood at 131. Nearly 1,500 people have been hospitalized with injuries and more than 156,000 have been displaced.
Article and video by Gaelle Faure.