International & Disaster Relief

Indonesian Earthquake Relief

On September 28, 2018, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The force of the quake devastated the region around the provincial capital of Palu and spawned a tsunami, which slammed into the island mere minutes after the quake. The two disasters have already killed nearly 850 and left tens of thousands of residents homeless. All told, more than 2 million people have been affected by the twin disasters. Blocked roads and loss of power have cut much of the region off from the outside world, making rescue and damage assessment efforts difficult.

The people of Sulawesi face a long and difficult recovery. The organizations listed below provide immediate and long-term relief to residents affected by the earthquake. This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

  • International Medical Corps is providing emergency medical care and supplies to those affected by these disasters.
  • Operation USA is assessing relief needs and preparing long-term recovery support.
  • Direct Relief is providing support to local organizations working on the ground in Sulawesi to provide medical supplies and assistance to victim of the disasters.
  • Americares is working with local partners to assess the health needs of survivors and delivering emergency medicine and relief supplies to affected communities.
  • Save the Children is distributing emergency supplies, providing physical and mental health care to affected children and working to reunite families separated by the disasters.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future.