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Indonesia Disaster and Emergency Relief

Situated in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is a group of highly volatile volcanic islands, where many of the citizens come from different cultures and speak different languages. However, this exceptionally diverse, incredible society is struggling to cope with the burden of its unpredictable geography. 

Along with Indonesia’s island vibrancy comes the continual threat of natural disaster. Since 2004, it’s estimated that Indonesia has experienced an average of one medium or major natural disaster each month, usually in the form of tornadoes and floods but also including tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides. The difficulty of being an island nation has left Indonesia without the appropriate infrastructure needed to deal with these issues, resulting in food and nutrition shortages which are seriously affecting the population. 

However, here at Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, we have made it our mission to support the thousands of innocent civilians who are trapped or suffering as a result of the natural disasters frequently occurring in Indonesia. In order to achieve this, we are continuing to focus our efforts on food and medical support, organising food pack distributions and setting up medical camps to assist the most vulnerable members of society when new disasters strike.

How and Why Are Indonesia’s Citizens Suffering?

As already mentioned, Indonesia’s location in the Pacific Ocean makes it exceptionally prone to natural disasters. When you really start to look at the facts, it becomes clear just how difficult life is for the inhabitants of this island nation. 

In 2018 alone, there were nine significant earthquakes, six of which had a magnitude of 6.0 or greater. Combined, these earthquakes affected more than two million inhabitants, damaging homes and infrastructure, killing hundreds of people, and injuring thousands more. In addition, this also resulted in food shortages caused both directly by the disasters, and indirectly through the adverse knock-on effect to Indonesia’s economy. 

The challenges that are presented by Indonesia’s disasters have left the country with serious food concerns. Approximately 14% of the population now live below the poverty line and of this 14%, most people spend 70% of their meagre wage on food. Combined with high food prices caused by the damaged infrastructure, this has forced families to buy cheap, pre-packaged foodstuffs that have poor nutritional value. As a result, this has led to millions of impoverished Indonesian children suffering from malnutrition and stunted growth. 

Overall, the problems caused by the Indonesia disasters have led to over 19 million people being unable to meet their dietary requirements. Every time a new disaster strikes, this number only increases. 

2018 was Indonesia’s worst year in over a decade, with the country experiencing a staggering 2,564 disasters in total. The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has reported that together, these disasters caused 3,349 deaths, damage to over 319,000 homes, and injuries to at least 21,000 people. Furthermore, the BNPB has estimated that 2019 will see over 2,500 disasters as a result of deforestation issues across the islands.

How Our Indonesia Appeal Can Help

The vulnerable people in this struggling nation need our help to cope with the food shortages, damage, and infrastructural stress caused by so many natural disasters. When you donate to our Indonesia relief fund, you are actively helping to support some of the most vulnerable members of society in the worst affected areas. Thanks to your ongoing generosity, we can use Indonesia charity donations to alleviate their suffering as much as we can. 

The people of Indonesia need our help to address their food and malnourishment issues, as well as to obtain affordable medical services for those who are struggling with injuries caused by natural disasters. Your generous Indonesia tsunami donation has the power to give those who are most vulnerable a fighting chance at survival.

Donate to Our Indonesian Earthquake Appeal – You Can Make a Difference

For just £55, you can fund a comprehensive food package that will feed a family for a whole month, ensuring that they are eating well and remaining nourished regardless of their situation or location. For those who have lost their homes or loved ones as a result of natural disasters, your support really is an essential lifeline. 

For £300, you will allow Al Mustafa Welfare Trust to provide an emergency relief package to one of the most vulnerable families in Indonesia. The pack contains all the essentials, including clean drinking water, a small tent, hygiene items, a sleeping bag, baby chest carrier, and food. This pack can mean the difference between life and death for the worst affected people, so please consider donating to our earthquake and tsunami Indonesia appeal if you can. 

For £1,000, you can help us to build a brand new emergency medical camp that will act as a base to assist those who are injured and suffering as a result of the natural disasters in the region. Providing Indonesia tsunami relief and support is essential for helping the Indonesian people cope with the effects of these natural disasters. 

Your contribution really does have the power to change the lives of innocent Indonesian citizens. Donate today and help us to give the most vulnerable people a second chance at a better quality of life.

Indonesia Disaster Timeline

Last updated: 23/12/2018

At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia's Sunda Strait, government officials say. There was no warning of the giant waves which struck at night, destroying hundreds of buildings, sweeping away cars, and uprooting trees.

The disaster management agency has warned people to stay away from the coastline due to fears of another tsunami.

More than 430 homes were severely damaged by the tsunami, which is said to have reached 10ft high. It is believed the waves were caused by an eruption of Anak Krakatau, the active cone that arose after the infamous Krakatoa eruption of 1883 which left tens of thousands dead and cut world temperatures for years. Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said it is likely to have been triggered by underwater landslides.



Indonesia is facing a tragic loss in the wake of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

More than 800 people are already confirmed dead and there are fears that this figure could jump into the 1000’s as emergency services reach more remote areas.

In some places, the concern is that people are buried alive under the rubble in desperate need of help. Entire fishing villages have been reduced to rubble along the shoreline, with personal belongings, cars and boats lying broken after being violently thrown around by huge waves.

Amongst the rubble and ruins are tents, providing minimal but necessary shelter for the families sleeping out in the open.

Even the equipment available is not enough for what the rescuers face. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, has confirmed that “communication is limited, heavy machinery is limited... it's not enough for the numbers of buildings that collapsed".


Conditions are desperate, and with every new natural disaster striking this vulnerable island nation, more and more people slip into severe poverty. You can donate to our Indonesia appeal with PayPal or Stripe, giving you the freedom to make your donation using your preferred payment method. Simply select your chosen donation amount and follow the steps on the donation widget at the top of this page in order to support some of the worst affected Indonesian citizens. Alternatively, click the button below to make your Indonesia donation today.

Please give generously and support our Indonesia earthquake charity appeal – these people urgently need our assistance.

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