DECEMBER 26, 2018
Jakarta. Reconstruction efforts are currently underway in Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the area in late September.
Although residents in the affected areas have resumed their daily activities, medical facilities are still lacking, such as a shortage of beds at some hospitals.
In response to this, medical supply company Tawada Healthcare donated six hospital beds to Woodward Hospital in Palu.
The donation was given via Hand International, an Indonesia-based nonprofit organization focused on providing long-term aid to disaster-struck areas in the country.
The handover ceremony, which took place at Tawada Healthcare’s offices in South Jakarta on Dec. 17, was attended by the company’s chief executive, Satrija Sumarkho, and Ivan Hodiny, Jakarta pack leader of Hand International.
Satrija noted that hospitals must always be prepared, and doubly so during times of tragedy. He said as a company that provides medical supplies, they felt the need to assist.
“As our business to provide medical supplies and items, this is how we decided to help, no matter how small,” he said.
Lim Sukmawati, Satrija’s wife and co-owner of Tawada Healthcare, added that they have long wanted to assist the victims of the South Sulawesi disaster, but did not know how, until they found Hand International.
Ivan of Hand International said his organization is currently providing psychological care to children affected by the twin disasters.
Before assisting people affected by the Central Sulawesi disaster, Hand International was also involved in helping victims of the Lombok earthquake in West Nusa Tenggara. Ivan added that Hand International is currently helping to rebuild schools and mosques in Central Sulawesi, a feat the organization cannot complete on its own.
“We’re in talks about rebuilding two schools, but we’re still in the middle of gathering funds. Building a school and filling it with tables would cost around Rp 250 million [$17,000]. All the schools that were hit by the tsunami have to be rebuilt from scratch because they were all severely damaged,” he said.
Ivan added that the most urgent needs for now are health care facilities, schools, toilets, clean water and psychological care. After these necessities are provided, Hand International will work with the local government to provide the people with skills training.
BY : JAKARTA GLOBE