Helping Indonesia prepare for disasters

In September last year, a large earthquake struck the Indonesian
island of Sulawesi. Within hours, a tsunami hit Palu, the
provincial capital. Over two thousand lives were lost, making it
the deadliest earthquake in 2018. Google.org and Googlers around
the world
responded
by donating $1 million to support relief efforts led
by Save the Children and the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies. We also rolled out our crisis response
alerts and tools to provide emergency info those impacted.

This earthquake was only one of more than 2,000 disasters to
strike Indonesia last year. Altogether, the government has
estimated that these disasters affected some three million people,
causing billions of dollars in damages and a tragic loss of life.
Unfortunately, 2018 was not an anomaly and we know that Indonesia
will continue to be challenged by natural disasters. At Google.org,
we look to help nonprofits on the frontlines of global crisis
through funding and volunteers. But we also believe in supporting
solutions that could help mitigate the impact of future crises.

This is why we’re now helping Save the Children’s Indonesian
partner, Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik, with a $1 million grant.
Through this grant, they’ll implement a national awareness
campaign using online and offline platforms to ensure that schools
are safe and children are better prepared for emergencies. It’s
anticipated they’ll reach over half a million people, a majority
of whom are women and children, some of the most vulnerable people
in a time of crisis. Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik will also engage
in capacity building with local government bodies in order to
improve coordination, planning and response for the Provincial and
District level.

Google.org and Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik

Announcing a Google.org grant to Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik in
Jakarta. From left to right: Randy Jusuf (Google Indonesia),
Rudiantara (Minister of Communication and Informatics of
Indonesia); Jacquelline Fuller (Google.org), Selina Sumbung
(Chairperson, Save the Children-Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik), and
Bambang Surya Putra (Directorate of Disaster Preparedness, National
Disaster Management Agency) 

While disasters like the Sulawesi earthquake are unavoidable,
I’m encouraged by the potential of what we can do together to
ensure we’re as prepared as we can be. We hope that the learnings
from this project will provide a strong framework to scale this
work and contribute to long term sustainable disaster preparedness
and awareness. 

Source: FS – Social Media Blogs 2
Helping Indonesia prepare for disasters