An earthquake, tsunami, flood or cyclone can devastate entire communities, like in April 2021 in NTT, Indonesia.
Situations of social and natural disasters
Within a matter of minutes, natural disasters can affect the lives of tens of thousands of people Hundreds or even thousands of people can be injured, and homes and livelihoods destroyed. Access to clean water, healthcare services, and transport can also be disrupted. The impact of each disaster varies greatly, and our response must adapt to each situation.
Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia identify needs quickly because we are on-site. But accessing a disaster area can be difficult when the roads are cut off. The first responders are people already on site: Community members, our on-site teams, made up of logistics, medical and documentalists, and the local authorities and aid organizations already present with whom we share time, premises, and know-how.
We keep pre-packaged kits to deploy for rapid relief and life-saving assistance. With projects in man regions, we often have aid workers close by in times of disaster. They can be reinforced with additional teams (as volunteers), if a more significant response is needed Truck of Life Program moves quickly; it brings the necessary vital equipment on site because it can go almost anywhere.
Since the date of the last massive natural disaster, dating from April 2021, we have taken care of thousands of patients from our base camp in East Sumba, but also and above all directly from the most affected places: Medical care, treatment of hundreds of wounds, donations of a few tons of medicine, hundreds of kilos of vitamins and minerals, a few tens of tons of food, hundreds of thousands of litres of water, nearly a hundred reservoirs of water, including manufacturing on site of the steel structures for the 5000-litre tanks. All are completely equipped with fittings, and pipes so that families, villages, communities and vulnerable people do not die of hunger or thirst.
All this continues today dear friends. After the reconstruction phase that still occupies us sometimes, we are constantly planning how we could be even more effective during the next tragedy. Because there is no doubt in this region of the world, it will happen again.
In particular, how to provide water to the tens of thousands of people who no longer have enough. How to ensure a healthy life when food is scarce? How can we treat the wounded, and the sick more efficiently and even more quickly?
Here is the list of what our on-site teams need to help and save lives:
Drugs acting on the digestive tract – Local anesthetics – Antidiarrheals – Antimalarials – Antibiotics – Antidotes against poisoning – Scabicides and pediculicides – Ophthalmic preparations – Disinfectants and antiseptics – Analgesics – Antipyretics – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – Chlorination / purification of water – Topical antibiotics – Oxytocics – Antiasthmatic drugs – Micronutrients, vitamins and minerals – Anti-allergics and antihistamines.
We do the best we can; we go where no one goes or can go, to provide medical care, to bring water and food in large quantities, to visit the thousands of people who are living without shelter, in the mud, with no income, with too little food and water. We talk, comfort, but we cannot promise ourselves the impossible.
Rebuild houses, drill wells in villages, and find ways to feed crops that are dying due to the lack of water linked to the upstream dam rupture.
We represent a great citizen and social movement, and all the people who are here, very many who come voluntarily to help us, are, for the most part, the inhabitants of Sumba, all victims of this disaster which struck East Sumba on April 4, the day of Easter 2021.
To do this, we encourage you to help us as much as possible
Fair Future put a lot of human, material, and financial resources into overcoming the emergency. Today we must count on all of you to ensure that this drama does not turn into something more dramatic.
The Fair Future Foundation team works in the field in what is the largest medical and social camp in East Sumba, our Rumah Kambera Base Camp.