At this time, we are no longer accepting donations for the crisis in Indonesia.
To date, the amount Humanity & Inclusion received from our generous supporters exceeds the costs of our interventions. While we can allocate funds to support our programs in the region, we will not be able to apply all donations to the emergency response.
After the earthquake on September 28 and the subsequent tsunami in Sulawesi, the Indonesian authorities called for international assistance. As usual in this type of circumstance, HI organized an evaluation of the humanitarian needs in the most affected areas. Because international staff were not authorized to access these areas, we supported a local partner to do the assessment. However, for the first time in HI’s 36-year history and despite our best efforts, the Indonesian authorities did not grant HI permission to provide assistance to the people who were so badly affected by this natural disaster.
We were not alone: many international NGOs faced the same difficulty.
As a foreign aid organization, our teams are unable to access the affected areas of Sulawesi. After having analyzed all of the possible options with Indonesian authorities, we decided to call back the emergency response team sent to Indonesia to support our local team. As a result, we have stopped our call for donations for the Indonesia emergency.
HI has worked in Indonesia for 13 years. Our local, 20-person team continues its critical work providing socio-economic support and skills development for Indonesians with disabilities. This team will continue to follow the situation, and they are still actively looking into possibilities to provide support for the injured and vulnerable. The latest reports indicate that there are close to 5,000 severely wounded people who will direly need essential rehabilitation care in the coming months and years. .
We are grateful for our donors’ outpouring of support to Humanity & Inclusion and hope you will consider supporting HI in other ways, or when another emergency strikes.