Humanitarian Ships to Sail for Earthquake Victims in West Sulawesi

Three Humanitarian Ships for West Sulawesi will depart from Jakarta, Sumatra, and Surabaya as an effort to act to save the nation.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap will sail Humanitarian Ships to respond to natural disasters in West Sulawesi. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) will dispatch Humanitarian Ships to respond to natural disasters in West Sulawesi. During this emergency phase, the earthquake survivors are in dire need of food. Therefore, ACT will sail 1,000 tons of food and other basic supplies collected from the public to help fellow Indonesians that were recently hit by earthquake.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake forced tens of thousands to flee to safety, and hundreds were injured. The evacuees try to survive with only a little they have. In addition, they are prone to contracting Covid-19 in evacuation sites. Hence, a strong collaboration is needed to meet the need of the earthquake survivors.

The Humanitarian Ship for West Sulawesi will be a form of a great collaboration of generosity from all Indonesian people. The ships will depart from three different locations: Jakarta, Sumatra and Surabaya. As an effort to Act Together to Save the Nation, the Humanitarian Ships will carry 500 tons of rice collected from the Global Wakaf – ACT’s Waqf Food Barn (LPW), and the remaining 500 tons will consist of other staple foods, Waqf Drinking Water, blankets, and other basic supplies for the disaster victims.

"In the early stages of a disaster, we make sure all teams are involved. The process of territorial control must be carried out to see the scope of this disaster, how much damage and casualties were incurred, and where the evacuation sites are. Secondly, we are preparing to activate all aid posts so that they reach the communities in need. The Humanitarian Ships aim to strengthen the food aid distribution to the affected communities, "said ACT President Ibnu Khajar.

The Humanitarian Ships for West Sulawesi is expected to depart within the next week or two. During that time, ACT invites the Indonesian people to jointly support the Humanitarian Ship program.

“We will send Humanitarian Ships to Majene and Mamuju from three points. Insha Allah, we will send 1,000 tons of aid from Tanjung Priok port that we gather from ACT branches in West Java, Banten and Jakarta. Then, we will also send 1,000 tons of aid from ACT branches in Sumatra through the Humanitarian Ship that will sail from Medan. Another 1,000 tons of aid from ACT branches in East Java and Yogyakarta Province will be carried by the Humanitarian Ship that will from the port of Tanjung Perak, East. All of the humanitarian aid will be sent directly to Majene and Mamuju. Insha Allah, the ships will depart by late January,” added Ibnu.

The ships that will be used as humanitarian ships are Indonesian Naval Vessels. In addition, ACT also prepares its volunteers to assist the earthquake victims. There are emergency response volunteers, relief volunteers who take care of the aid distribution, and psychosocial assistance volunteers that consist of psychologists and preachers that provide spiritual support.

"These volunteers will carry out their respective duties at various stages. Prior to departure, of course, these volunteers will be trained and upgraded to ensure readiness for their duties as well as their physical and mental health. In addition, we make sure that we will comply with the health protocol to ensure the maximum work of the volunteers," concluded Ibnu.

In previous years, as one of ACT's flagship programs, the Humanitarian Ship has sent assistance to residents affected by the Lombok earthquake, natural disasters in Central Sulawesi, hunger in Papua, as well as to deliver aid to Somalia, Bangladesh for the Rohingyas, and to Palestine. []