published in EarthquakeEmergencyTsunami on October 1, 2018


Read the latest updates on how you’re helping through ALWS.

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Update: 16 January 2019

While the rest of the world moves on, the impact of the 22 December 2018 tsunami in the Sunda Straits in Indonesia, continues to grow.

Sources, including the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, and ‘The STAR Online’ now report:

  • 437 people killed
  • 14,059 people injured
  • 33,719 people displaced
  • 2,752 houses destroyed
  • 510 boats and ships lost

ALWS has liaised extensively with our Indonesian partners CDRM&CDS, and other disaster response networks, including ACT Alliance. An ACT member, YEU, is active in the affected area, working along with local churches.

Because the Indonesian Government has classified the Sunda Straits Tsunami as a District Level Disaster, it is likely no direct action will be required from ALWS.

However, given Indonesia’s geographical location on the Ring of Fire, the country remains highly vulnerable to natural disasters including earthquakes, volcano eruptions (127 active volcanoes) and consequent tsunamis. (The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami killed more than 130,000 people in Indonesia.)

Therefore, ALWS remains committed to supporting local level Disaster Risk Reduction activities as a key part of the work you support in Indonesia.

The ALWS family has already provided more than $40,000 worth of support to the combined action of churches worldwide after the September 2018 Sulawesi earthquake – the deadliest in the world in 2018, killing at least 2,256 people.

The combined churches plan is to reach 100,000 people in Palu, Sigi and Donggala with transitional shelter, clean water supply, latrines, health services and psycho-social support.

The great kindness of the ALWS family means we can plan to commit another $25,000, matching support from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, to have 3 local Indonesian staff support the rebuilding and rehabilitation of housing for people in the Balaroa area.


Update: Wednesday 26 December, 11.30am

  • 429 people have died
  • 1500 people injured
  • 154 people missing
  • 16,000 people displaced

ALWS continues to monitor the situation and how best we can be of service through our local partner CDRM&CDS. This latest crisis shows how critical your support of ongoing disaster risk reduction work is in Indonesia.


Update: Monday 24 December, 6.00am


  • Krakatoa volcano erupted
  • Generated a tsunami
  • Wave made more dangerous by high tide
  • Strikes Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra



Early reports we have received state:

  • 222 people killed
  • 843 people injured
  • hundreds of people missing
  • untold property damage




Our ALWS team is mobilizing our key contacts for action:

  • our partner in Indonesia – CDRM&CDS
  • the CAN DO network of churches here in Australia
  • ACT Alliance – a worldwide network of churches of many denominations



Our ALWS experience in disaster response tells us the help most likely to be needed includes:

  • emergency shelter
  • clean water
  • ready-to-eat food
  • medical supplies




A key part of ALWS work in Indonesia is supporting our partner, working through local Lutheran churches, to teach people how to protect themselves from disasters:

  • tsunami warning bells
  • escape routes to safe places
  • plans for those most at risk: people with disability, children, the elderly
  • measuring poles of water depth



Our ALWS plan is your donation can help support practical disaster response by local churches in Indonesia + support ongoing ALWS work in disaster risk reduction, as part of the total work of ALWS in Indonesia. ALWS will assess where your help is needed most urgently and can be used most effectively.



Update: 15 November 1.30pm

Here is the latest information on your help for earthquake and tsunami victims through ALWS and ACT Alliance.

Who you help

  • 100,000 people in Palu, Donggala and Sigi Districts
  • Includes vulnerable groups – children, pregnant women, elderly, people with disabilities

Your action


  • Emergency shelter kits
  • Tools for construction
  • Includes disability-inclusive shelters

Water, sanitation and hygiene

  • Hygiene and non-food item kits to 500 households
  • Clean water supply
  • Fix and clean wells
  • New boreholes + training in borehole repair
  • Build latrines + hand-washing stations
  • Training in hygiene, maintenance of water points, sanitation, hand-washing


  • Medical treatment for injured patients
  • Healthcare outreach for high risk groups
  • Mobile clinics

Total donations to date: $99,961

Thank you!


Update: 18 October, 10am

See your help through ALWS for victims of the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake delivered through ACT Alliance:


Update: 15 October, 1.00pm

Official death toll is now 2,045 people.

Up to 2.4 million have been impacted by the disaster.

DFAT (Australian Government) has reported more than 191,000 people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.


Australian Government has committed $10.25 million to help the Government of Indonesia respond to this disaster, including:

  • $2 million through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership – water and sanitation, providing shelter, protection services and psychosocial support, and essential supplies. CAN DO (of which ALWS is a member) to receive support through this channel.
  • Providing 8,130 women and girls with supplies to meet hygiene and reproductive health needs.
  • $1 million to the Red Cross to provide 80,000 people with access to shelter, sanitation and clean water.
  • Providing more than 29,400 people with essential items including tarpaulins and tools to build shelter and items to ensure people have safe water and access to electricity.
  • The Australian Defence Force is supporting the Indonesian Government in their response efforts, including delivering humanitarian supplies.


Australian Government support for Indonesia includes action through CAN DO (Church Agencies Network, including ALWS).

  • CAN DO member partners began assessing most urgent needs from Monday 1 October
  • Highest level of destruction in coastal areas
  • Met with displaced families, affected villages, and government authorities
  • Most essential needs include non-food items (eg pots and pans for cooking, bedding, clothes), emergency shelter and sanitation solutions, and hygiene items




Update: 12 October, 1.30pm

Official death toll now 1,948 people

Your emergency action through ALWS and ACT Alliance is as follows:



  • emergency shelter kits including tarpaulins, blankets and matresses
  • tool kit for construction
  • training and info-session on how to construct
  • awareness raising on keeping shelter ‘healthy’
  • transitional shelters for most affected households and people with disabilities.


Water & Sanitation

  • clean water – water bladders and jerry cans
  • cleaning, repairing and building wells
  • waste management in areas with most people
  • protect spring water sources, and construct tanks and gravity-fed system
  • construct communal latrines
  • training for mothers, health workers and others on water-borne diseases plus safe hygiene and sanitation practices
  • hygiene kits.



Mobile Clinic

  • medical treatment for patients and those injured from disaster
  • mobile clinic and home visits
  • healthcare for groups at high risk of disease.

Primary Healthcare

  • promotion of healthy living habits
  • health education for pre-school and school-aged children
  • reproductive health and waste management knowledge and skills for women and adolescents
  • distribution of feminine hygiene kits.

Hospital rehabilitation

  • repair and retrofit hospital building to ensure patient safety
  • support basic medical equipment
  • support essential medicine
  • IT setup
  • mobile clinics
  • doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff to be deployed temporarily from other health units
  • training to be able to meet minimum quality standards soon after recovery.

Local healthcare system

  • rehabilitation of integrated health centres
  • monitoring and assessment of health centre data for quality purposes
  • supplementary nutrition support.

Disaster risk reduction in healthcare

  • emergency first aid training for community
  • community development training for health workers
  • training on feeding for infants and children.


  • for those who have a disability as a result of disaster
  • provide assistive devices
  • disability handling training for community.


Psychosocial care

  • training on psychosocial care and support
  • session on self-protection and essential information to access basic services
  • facilitating learn and play activities for children.



  • knowledge and skills training on alternative or improved livelihoods activities
  • provide tools and materials to start livelihood activities for affected households.


Disaster preparedness

  • developing disaster preparedness plans
  • training on emergency preparedness and response skills.



Update: 5 October, 2pm

Latest information from our ALWS partner in Indonesia, CDRM & CDS:

  • they’ll send a 3-person response team to Palu with expertise in logistics, shelter, water supply and sanitation
  • team will bring relief supplies including tarps, blankets, buckets, soap, and towels
  • team expected to depart for Palu on October 9.


Update: 5 October, 10am

Latest information from the Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority via the Australian Government (DFAT):

  • official death toll now 1,424 people
  • 70,821 people displaced
  • up to 2.4 million people affected
  • number of dead and injured expected to rise as information from the affected areas becomes available.


Update: 3 October, 5pm

Latest information from Sulawesi reports:

  • confirmed death toll of 1,234 people
  • 61,000 people displaced in Palu
  • 191,000 people in urgent need of help (UN).

Our ALWS partner in Indonesia, CDRM & CDS, emailed us sharing that focus needs to be:

  • Shelter
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Emergency preparedness for People with Disabilities.

This is part of a joint action by churches through ACT Alliance. Further details to come.


Update: 30 September, 10pm


  • 830 people confirmed dead
  • Fears toll could reach into 1000s
  • 1.5 million said to be affected

 Immediate Needs

  • Health services
  • Tarpaulins
  • Blankets
  • Food items
  • Tents

ALWS Action

  • ALWS works with partner CDRM&CDS in Sumatra
  • Currently supports Lutheran churches to serve communities
  • Disaster-risk reduction critical part of work
  • Disaster response with other churches through ACT Alliance
  • Discussions with church aid agencies re most effective disaster response
  • Focus likely to be on most vulnerable: elderly, sick, people with special needs, children, pregnant and lactating mothers

Your current work in Indonesia


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