ACTNews, PALU - The earthquake that struck Palu, Sigi, and Donggala on September 28, 2018, is still strong in our memories. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has been present since the first day, responding to the earthquake and tsunami which destroyed thousands of homes and claimed thousands of lives. The assistance and recovery continued even more than six months after the disaster.
Still part of the post-disaster recovery, this time, ACT is collaborating with a Japanese humanitarian agency, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) by building the Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) compound in Tondo Village, Mantikulore Subdistrict, Palu City, Central Sulawesi.
ICS in Tondo Village is able to hold 160 families, aimed at providing security and comfort through complete and adequate facilities, such as mosques, public kitchens, health clinics, Early Childhood Education classes (PAUD), children's playgrounds, to public restrooms.
ACT Senior Vice President N. Imam Akbari said, ACT and Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) have been present to provide support and humanitarian assistance since the beginning of the emergency response phase of the Central Sulawesi earthquake. "Even before this, PWJ also had the opportunity to provide assistance to victims of the Lombok earthquake," explained Imam.
Peace Winds Japan (PWJ)’s Overseas Program Director Rika Yamamoto said, the PWJ agency was called to help residents in Central Sulawesi through ACT because the condition of the disaster was almost similar to that experienced by Japan in 2011.
"Our institution is really concerned with natural disasters. During the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Peace Winds Japan also directly assisted the victims," Rika explained.
The collaboration between ACT and Peace Winds Japan also received appreciation from the Expert Staff of the Government of Central Sulawesi Governor's Office Norma Mardjanu. Norma expressed her appreciation because up to now ACT and Peace Winds Japan are still assisting the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.
"I ask the occupants of the Integrated Community Shelter to really take care and maintain it as good as possible," Norma said when attending the ICS inauguration ceremony in Tondo, Thursday (25/4).
ACT has built 11 Integrated Community Shelter compounds across Palu, Sigi, and Donggala with a total of 1,026 units of shelters. Bambang Triyono as ACT's Global Humanity Response Director added, such collaboration is one of ACT's commitments in providing assistance to as many people as possible.
"Hopefully, the facilities we build can help improve their living standards and can reignite their enthusiasm for their better life in the future. ACT is always total in handling humanitarian crises, including for victims of the Central Sulawesi natural disasters. Hopefully, the community and other businesspeople can follow PWJ's footsteps so that the need of shelter for the victims can be quickly fulfilled," Bambang concluded.