Family Shelters to be Given to Muslim Teachers and Preachers in West Sulawesi

More than two weeks after the earthquake, many West Sulawesi residents remain in evacuation sites, including local teachers and Muslim preachers. They need better housing after the earthquake severely damaged their residences.

ACT construction volunteers painting a shelter for a family in Sendana Hamlet, North Botteng, Simboro, Mamuju. On the second day, the progress of the construction has reached over 75 percent. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, MAMUJU - More than two weeks after the 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook Majene and Mamuju, many survivors are still living in tents that are inadequate to protect them from the scorching heat and the cold night breeze. Among these evacuees were teachers and Muslim preachers in Majene and Mamuju.

One of the local teachers whose houses have been severely damaged by the earthquake was Leni, a teacher who lives in Sendana Hamlet, North Botteng Village, Simboro District, Mamuju. Leni and her family have been living in tents for around two weeks after their house was badly damaged.

Leni’s semi-permanent house was made of mostly wooden boards. The earthquake badly destroyed the walls, leaving the wooden frame vulnerable to collapsing. Although parts of the house remain standing, it Is no longer habitable.

"Alhamdulillah, my family is safe, but my brother-in-law and nephew were badly injured," she said, Saturday (1/30/2021).

Leni is a teacher who teaches at a madrasa in North Botteng. Earning less than IDR 1 million from teaching, she has no money to rebuild her damaged house. In addition, she is still deeply traumatized by the earthquake.

"Since the pandemic, there have been no face-to-face meetings in the madrasa. The informal Quran classes have temporarily stopped since the earthquake. But I recently started teaching Quran again in tents, "said Leni.

Family Shelter Construction Almost Finished

The third week after the earthquake, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) started building comfortable housing for families affected by the earthquake. For the first stage, these shelters will be provided for teachers and Muslim preachers like Leni. She will soon inhabit a shelter that is more comfortable than the tents.

Dede Abdul Rohman, ACT’ Shelter Construction Coordinator said that these family shelter can be used for a long time as long as it is properly maintained. The six-by-three-meter shelter takes four days to finish at most.  "We aim to finish the construction in three or four days depending on the weather conditions. We want to provide the best and most comfortable housing possible for teachers and preachers," hoped Dede, Saturday (1/30/2021).

In addition to the individual Family Shelters provided for teachers and preachers, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) also builds Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) compounds. These two compounds will be built in two locations, namely Sendana Hamlet in North Botteng Village, Simboro and in Ahu Village, West Tapalang District, Mamuju Regency. "The support from the generous benefactors is needed to help the recovery in West Sulawesi by providing the evacuees with decent housing,” said Dede. []