[Scpg] Tsunami Relief--Empowering Aid , IDEP - Indonesia's Permaculture foundation

Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson lakinroe at silcom.com
Wed Jan 5 22:23:39 PST 2005

For those wishing to donate to the tsunami relief effort in Indonesia, I
recommend supporting IDEP - Indonesia's Permaculture foundation - they have
an impeccable track record - did an amazing effort with the Bali bombing.
They have already a massive effort underway in Aceh. I have pasted their
latest email update below which contains details for donations.
If you want to receive the email updates contact IDEP
<petra at idepfoundation.org>
These guys are on the ground & making every dollar count...
Robyn Francis  Australian Permaculture Teacher

Vol. 1, No. 8 - January 5, 2005

Aceh Aid at IDEP is a two-pronged initiative to bring appropriate aid
directly to affected communities in Sumatra. IDEP, in cooperation with
Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) / Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), is
helping mobilize emergency supplies in Medan for delivery in Aceh Province.
In cooperation with the Indonesian surfing community, IDEP is mobilizing and
delivering aid to the hard-hit, remote islands south and west of Padang.

On January 4, a fully loaded 200 ton cargo vessel leased by AUSaid and
supplied by AAAI departed Padang. It is offloading carefully selected
supplies including specially packed buckets designed to help survivors build
simple shelters and stay in their communities.  The boat also carries
equipment to make communities self sufficient in water supplies. These
supplies are being offloaded to smaller craft and then handed directly to
the survivors of small, isolated communities. As of January 5, AAAI has
channelled about Rp 600,000,000 in donor funding into this initiative.
Financial specialists on the ground in Medan and Bali are consolidating data
to ensure full transparency. The Ferry is now at the island of Nias
networking with smaller vessels to ferry aid and technical support back and
forth to the areas in most need. In many coastal fishing towns, most of the
men were killed while working on the beach or on their boats; only women and
children survive.  Needs on the ground change on a daily basis. Severe
nutritional deficiency is already an issue after 10 days.

Very special thanks and Kudos to Chris & Christina who have opened up their
home / hotel as the hub for relief aid activities in the area. Chris has
been the chief scout and guide for the expedition to date. See :
http://www.sumatransurfariis.com/quakeupdatesnew1230.html for details and

Now we are responding to reports of serious nutritional deficiencies, and
AAAI is focusing on buying fresh fruit and vegetables for rapid delivery to
affected communities on the Sumatra coast and islands. Lee our Project
Coordinator, is leaving Padang on the 7th and working together with IDEP¹s
community programs coordinator Samantha Sinclair who cut her Christmas
vacation short and has arrived from Australia to take over his coordinative
role on the ground in Padang. Robert Wilson from Rip Curl is arriving in
Padang today to assist with coordinating the flow of support and activities
as well.

Aid is being delivered as follows : Each family bucket contains essential
food, health, sanitation, emergency shelter, and personal care items. These
are branded goods which local people are familiar with, and can put to use
immediately without any intermediation whatsoever. They were purchased in
local shops by our volunteers and supporters in the community, locally, and
are therefore labeled in the Indonesian language.

* One in every five buckets is a ³leader pack,² and its contents include a
one-inch chisel, a hatchet/hammer, a shovel, a handsaw, a crowbar, nails,
and other supplies.
* One in every ten buckets is a ³heavy leader pack,² which also includes a
two-man saw and a sledge hammer.
* The aid vessel is also carrying hundreds of 20 liter jerry cans.

The boat is also carrying two complete kits for drilling wells, and all the
equipment need to pump-clear and restore existing wells which are tainted
with sea water from the tsunami. These sets of equipment, which include
powered and hand pumps, and piping, are are being used in local villages to
repair and complete wells. Once the A.A.A.I. volunteers have demonstrated
the process to members of stricken communities in this way, they will be
able to make hundreds of wells themselves. Standard 350 liter water tanks
for storage and treatment have been delivered, along with 50 kilos of
chlorine. The team is still short of the certain types of water treatment
chemicals, which we were not able to arrange to deliver from Singapore, due
to depletion of funds and priority allocations as described above.


Our most immediate priorities at this moment are delivery of urgently needed
food, supplies, tools, and knowledge to affected areas of Sumatra, through
reliable channels, to reliable people, and supporting the efforts of our
volunteers and partner organizations in the field. Therefore, we are no
longer able to publish these updates on a daily basis during this critical
phase of the disaster relief process.

World Neighbors, an international NGO with a focus on sustainable
development, has elected to channel its funding through IDEP for people in
need in Sumatra.

SOCIETY/ORANGUTAN INFORMATION CENTRE  The third convoy of trucks Christine
and Ade, Logistics Consultants on the ground in Medan since January 4,
report that all aid in government warehouses in Medan is bottlenecked.  This
highlights  the importance of the role of NGOs in delivering aid. In spite
of tremendous obstacles, SOS-OIC continues to deliver AAAI aid directly to
survivors in Banda Aceh and towns en route. Two convoys of trucks have
already arrived in Banda Aceh another AAAI truck is now en route and due to
arrive tomorrow. Because of the rapidly changing situation on the ground,
SOS-OIC is not currently working in association with the Indonesian Red
Cross (PMI) as previously reported.


Bali AAAI Headquarters is working hard to match a flood of international
volunteer applications with stated needs from the field.

On our last update (no7) there was a typographical error in the names of one
of the volunteers : Stefan Wodicka -  Medic, Padang, should have read Stefan
Zawada (apologies).

Christine and Ade our logistics and coordination team has now landed in
Medan and has begun assisting with coordination and brought some new energy
to the team on the ground, who are truly exhausted. More purchasing of much
needed supplies is planned for tomorrow.

Our volunteers coordination desk in Ubud is accepting applications for
skilled field volunteers -- doctors, triage specialists, SAR techs,
engineers, sanitation experts, and others ­ for possible postings in the
field in Sumatra. Contact volunteer at idepfoundation.org.


Following the Bali bombing, USAid funded IDEP to develop a fully integrated
community-based crisis response response kit.  This includes a workbook
covering all stages of disaster management from an Indonesian grassroots
perspective such as mitigation, response and short-term recovery.

Draft copies of this book have been sent to Medan and Padang where they have
been immediately integrated into AAAI intiatives.  In Padang, a program of
training of trainers for public sanitation based on the manual is already
underway.  In Medan, components of the manual are being distributed.

How you can help Aceh Aid at IDEP

Online Donations by Credit Card
(Tax deductible in US, thanks to the cooperation ofTides Foundation)
Click on the donation link at www.idepfoundation.org
Or go directly to www.paypal.com
Special thanks to Keith Pleas in Seattle, Lauren at Tides Foundation Julie
Lerman at Data Farm in Vermont, and others for their help with this.

1. Go to www.paypal.com
2. If you do not have a PayPal account set up, click "Sign Up" or "Join
3. Follow all of the instructions for signing up with PayPal (they are
rather complicated, so be patient).
4. When you are signed up, you are ready to send money.
5. Click "Send Money".
6. Follow instructions to send money, to acehaid at tides.org
7. Note: When you try to make your first payment, you will see beside the
"amount" line, that you need to click there to "Verify Credit Limit" first,
before you can make a payment.

Wire Transfers to Indonesian Bank Account:
Account Name : Yayasan IDEP
ACCOUNT NO : 034.001229576.003
Bank : BNI (Bank Negara Indonesia), Cabang Ubud, Bali
Bank Address : Jl. Raya Ubud, Bali - Indonesia

Donations can also be made at the IDEP Foundation office, Jalan Hanoman No
44b, Ubud, and other locations in Bali.

The information provided here was accurate to the best of our knowledge at
the time of writing.  Conditions change rapidly.
We will provide as much information as we can, as often as we can.

(IN INDONESIA) 08133 8468073
OUTSIDE OF INDONESIA +62 8123 665 669

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