New York, NY – In response to the deadly tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait region on Saturday evening killing hundreds, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is providing emergency relief and assessing emerging needs through its local partner in the Kalianda and Rajabasa subdistricts in Lampung. The aid provision includes health services, clean water, and critical supplies for survivors and the displaced. To support JDC’s Indonesia relief efforts, visit: donate.jdc.org/Indonesia
“As the people of Indonesia face disaster for the third time this year, we mourn the tragic loss of life and work to provide an immediate response to care for those who survived the tsunami,” said JDC CEO David M. Schizer. “Guided by our Jewish values, we will endeavor to alleviate suffering and make the New Year ahead one that is filled with healing and recovery.”
With a presence in Indonesia since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, JDC recently responded to two other deadly disasters on the archipelago. In September, JDC provided aid following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island and, in July, JDC responded to the earthquake in Lombok. These responses are a result of JDC’s local disaster relief work and efforts to build disaster risk reduction and response capabilities over the past 14 years. That work culminated in a just-completed JDC flagship program, funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, that trained local communities in disaster management and psychosocial services.
JDC’s disaster relief programs are funded by special appeals of the Jewish Federations of North America and tens of thousands of individual donors to JDC. In the last year, has responded to disasters and crises in Guatemala, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, and East Africa and has continued its post-disaster development work in Nepal and Haiti. JDC also provides ongoing humanitarian aid to refugees in Europe and the Middle East.
JDC relief activities are coordinated with the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the Israeli government and the United Nations, as well as local and international partners.