Distribution, Medicine, and Hot Meals for Survivors of Earthquake in Indonesia – Indonesia

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From November 21st to November 23rd, 2022, Tzu Chi volunteers in Jakarta, Bandung and Siangju coordinated their efforts to prepare 1,780 relief kits, 1,000 sleeping mats, 200 mosquito nets, 7 generators, 200 resident canvases and 200 water canvases. and Tsukabumi, which were hit by the deadly November 21st earthquake.
On November 23, just two days after the disaster, volunteers from Jakarta left for Cianjur to provide disaster relief assistance.

On November 24, a group of medical volunteers from Jakarta went to Cianjur and met with volunteers from Bandung. 74 Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) members and a medical team from the Ministry of National Defense collaborated to organize a free clinic at Prabhatasari Square, Berawadasari, Cianjur City to provide medical services to a total of 877 disaster survivors.

Volunteers prepared relief packages including five kg of rice and ten medical masks per family at the free clinic site. They distributed them to families of victims who came for treatment, benefiting 782 families.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto visited the disaster site to show their concern for survivors. Prabowo Subianto sincerely thanked the Tzu Chi volunteers and TIMA members for their assistance during the free clinic and for working with the medical staff of the Ministry of National Defense.

Endang, a victim who visited the free clinic, said he was repairing a drainage pipe on his roof when the earthquake struck. The earthquake caused a landslide and the entire house fell into a valley about 12 meters deep. “I didn’t have time to escape, I grabbed the building tightly. When I landed, I was trapped in the debris of the building.

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Then I tried my best to get out of the wreckage to help, but, as I was covered in blood, everyone was scared to see me.” Fortunately, a kind-hearted person had the courage to send him to a health center for treatment. He was rushed to a clinic due to serious injuries. Sent to Sayang Government General Hospital (RSUD Sayang). On November 24, Endang went to the free clinic to check the wounds and receive rice and masks. “The doctor said that water should not touch my wounds, and also gave me vitamins. Thank God, I have nothing now, and I need help very much.”

Knowing that there was a food shortage in the disaster area, the volunteers not only distributed relief items and organized free clinics for the victims. They distributed 980 hot meals in Gasol Township, Nyalindung Village and Nagarak Village, hoping that the food will warm the bodies and hearts of the survivors.

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Currently, TIMA volunteers are still providing medical care for all needs till 8th December 2022.

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a global non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1966 by Buddhist monk Master Cheng Yen. Its missions of medicine, charity, education and humanitarian culture have brought relief to 128 countries. The heart of Tzu Chi is embedded in its name: in Chinese, “Tzu” means compassion and “Chi” relief, relieving the suffering of the needy while creating a better world for all through compassion, love and hope. For more information, visit tzuchi.org.tw/en/index.php

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