Indonesia tsunami appeal

Your support is urgently needed

More than 20,000 children were made homeless when a tsunami hit the city of Palu on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. SOS Children's Villages has deployed an emergency team to the affected area to assist children and families in need. 

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A magnitude-7.5 earthquake on 28 September 2018 triggered the tsunami, devastating parts of Sulawesi, including the coastal city of Palu. Hundreds of people died and more than 70,000 others – at least one-third of them children were displaced.

These is an urgent need for mental health support, family reunification help, and safe places for children to play and learn.

“Aside from the immediate needs of food and shelter, internally displaced children will need support for many months to come,” says Gregor Nitihardjo, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia. “Children are particularly vulnerable during humanitarian emergencies. In such situations, we put the protection of children and their families at the centre of our actions.”

For children displaced by the disaster, there were no school activities, no place where to play, and limited food supplies. “The families and the children need a space where they feel safe,” said Mr Nitihardjo.

Your donation impacts lives

Your support is crucial to help the most vulnerable children in Sulawesi by:

  • establishing child-care spaces for children ages 3 to 15 so they have a safe place to enjoy educational and recreational activities
  • ensuring that children’s nutritional needs are met
  • providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities


Photo: SOS Indonesia

How we help in emergencies

In humanitarian crises, we specialise in the protection and care of children, including:

  • care for unaccompanied and separated children
  • child-friendly spaces
  • interim care centres for children
  • family reunification
  • psychological and social support
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