The island of Lombok was hit by earthquakes, killing at least 259 people, hospitalising over 1,000 more and internally displacing a further 417,529 people. Thousands of houses and buildings were damaged or completely destroyed. The immediate needs of survivors, especially women, children and elderly, were food, drinking water, shelter, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, sanitation facilities and protection. Islamic Relief deployed a team to the site within six hours from the onset of the first earthquake and provided relief items to the most heavily impacted areas in North Lombok District.
After the initial emergency response period, we supported the transition to the recovery phase, providing conditional cash transfers dedicated to food, nonfood items and hygiene items.
To manage this support, we used a modality of the conditional cash-transfer method using electronic money that was connected with the local market and traders. The usage of cash-transfer modality enables the beneficiary to select the type and quantity of items based on their own need and the decision in the local market. It also enabled Islamic Relief to control and monitor the
process of humanitarian assistance delivery to be more secure and more efficient.
We were able to provide immediate life-saving assistance in form of food, non-food, hygiene kits, and households equipment for 362 households.
As a result, this had a significant impact on preventing malnutrition, hygiene-related disease, and further poverty rate increment. It also helped support and facilitate the local market
recovery process. Eighteen-year-old Junaedi lives in a village in that was one of the epicentres of the earthquake. Junaedi is visually impaired and the night the earthquake happened he was staying at a friend’s house in the next village. He describes what happened when the earthquake struck.
“I was stunned when the shock hit the house that we slept in, I could feel the land shake and open up, I immediately got out from my bed. In my current condition, I can’t see my surroundings and couldn’t follow the others to safety, so I felt the wall beside me with my hand for direction and then quickened my steps to the door. In the end, I successfully escaped to the yard.”
“I could clearly hear the sound of people calling for help and noisy car horns and clamorous motorcycle engines everywhere. Then I started to think about my mother at home, I was so confused and prayed for mother’s safety.”
“A few moments later the village chiefs followed by village residents and officers start to directing us to the evacuation point located on the nearby ground. I and my friends followed their directions to the evacuation point, I keep gripping my friend’s hand tight, afraid of separation because the aftershocks still coming. When we arrived at the evacuation point I heard many people were already gathered there and I got news from the officer that my mother was safe and ask me to come home.”
Junaedi spent time at a refugee camp before returning home. He tells how the support from International Waqf Fund helped after the tragedy.
“I’m very happy, even more with the cash transfer, this method really helps us to choose a list of goods according to our needs, that’s why the goods transferred here were really useful for us and we can make use of it.
At least with the list of goods that we take like rice, hygiene kit, clothes, cooking oil, sugar, ointment, vegetables, and mineral water provided our living needs for some weeks later. I’d like to express my gratitude to the International Waqf Fund who helped me and our people.”
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