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Mentawai Tsunami Relief

BNPB and Indonesian Navy, Red Cross together with Mercy Corps, Surf Aid and several other large NGOs have mobilized a fleet of boats to deliver emergency aid to west coast villages. IOM and other UN agencies are funding helicopters and a 100ft ship to improve aid delivery. The scale of the emergency response is very encouraging but cyclone Anggrek continues to pound the area with gale force winds and heavy seas. Our donor partners have decided not to fund any additional boats at this stage but focus on purchase of shelter materials and tool kits.

Island Aid is now working with
Troppodoc to establish a clinic and aid post in South Sipura at Katiet. Most Government shipping and aid is now focused on Sikakap 50miles south and very little support is arriving in South Sipura. A detailed funding proposal is being prepared but the cost of this aid post will be far lower than chartering a boat. Our cargo boat Yelsie and beach landing boats will be moved to Katiet when the weather permits.

We are also working on a second project aimed at saving lives in coastal communities in the Mentawais and along the west coast of Sumatra. The
"Tsunami Survival Pod" project requires modest funds for prototype testing and development. Once tested donors will be able to donate a TSP unit to families in target communities.

There is no point trying to send material goods to Padang because of the shipping costs and delays. We can source everything we need in Padang. What is needed is cash donations and our Pay Pal button is set up in the right hand column on each page of this website. Virtual and field volunteers with appropriate skills are welcome to apply to Island Aid via our
"Contact" page. Please tell us about your skills and experience. Field volunteers will be asked to contribute to cover the cost of their accommodation in Padang or Mentawai.

Tsunami Survival Pod

The horrific impact of the 2004 tsunami on Aceh coastal communities has evoked widespread concern about similarly devastating tsunamis on other populated coasts. One of the most plausible localities for a tsunami of disastrous proportions in the near future is the section of Sumatran coast southeast of the region affected by the 2004 event (Fig. 1). More than 1 million Indonesians live along this length of coast south of the Equator, about twice the pre-2004 population of the west coast of Aceh, ≈800,000 in Padang, 350,000 in Bengkulu, and tens of thousands more in smaller cities and villages along the coasts of the mainland and the Mentawai Islands.

Fig. 1.
Map of recent and plausible future sources of Sumatran tsunamis. Barbed line is the seafloor trace of the Sunda megathrust, which dips beneath Sumatra. The roughly parallel dashed lines are the 50-, 100-, and 200-km iso-depth contours of the Sunda megathrust (1). Stars and surrounding irregular lines represent the epicenters and ruptures of the tsunamigenic December 2004 and March 2005 earthquakes. Slip was >1 m inside the lines. The dashed line south of the Equator is the locked part of the megathrust that is likely to be the source of the next great earthquake. The small, rectangular patch is the source region of the MW7.7 earthquake of 1935, where great ruptures do not occur (2, 3). The box is the epicenter of the April 10, 2005 (Mw 6.7)aftershock.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 December 26; 103(52): 19673–19677.
Published online 2006 December 14. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0604069103.
Copyright © 2006 by The National Academy of Sciences of the USA

PAKAM Orphanage

Children's Hope International Literacy and Development & IOM


In 1985, Mr. Johnny(Adit) Kusuma and Padang based supporters formed an NGO to care for abandoned Mentawai children. Pakam was moved to Padang from Mentawai since there was no hope of raising funds and donors would not go as far as Mentawai.

The goal of this organization is to support children and provide them with an opportunity for education in a hope of changing their lives.

PAKAM is run by 12 staff members, mostly volunteers or some working for a very small stipends or food. Land for the orphanage was donated to PAKAM in 1985 and buildings came along as they got funding.

The maximum no of children in this orphanage at any given time has been 174 but at this time, it is only 78. They had to turn away children due to lack of funding.

To date, 780 children living in Pakam have graduated from Highschool. PAKAM does not keep the young adults after graduation but tries to help those who can go to university. Overall, 50 students have attended(some still attending) university and 30 have graduated. 15 other graduates are currently working in various government positions.

Living conditions:
The orphanage is run in a dilapidated building built from various materials and at different times housing 74 children and young adults (32 girls) between the ages of 3 to 20. The orphanage housed children from Mentawai Island, some Christian and some Muslims living peacefully along side of each other.

Most of the children are orphans and some are from very poor families who could not care for them any longer. PAKAM tries to send the kids back to visit with their families every two years as the families are too poor to visit.

Current Needs:
Monthly cost of this orphanage is Rp18,000,000 or about $2000 that covers all the cost of food, transportation, school fees for highschool & supplies, staff, etc.
PAKAM receives 15cents/child/day from government and the rest comes through donations.

Their lists of needs are detailed and available including 3 students who are qualified to attend university but are not able to do so. The cost of university tuition is $500 per year. They also need a lot of help with rebuilding the structure of the orphanage building and renovating some portions of the existing building. The total cost is about $20,000.

The computer lab is the first phase of support for the orphanage to be completed. Photos soon.