Integrated Community Shelters for Disabled People Built in Donggala

Integrated Community Shelters for Disabled People Built in Donggala

ACTNews, DONGGALA – The provision of comfortable housing for the victims of earthquake, tsunami and soil liquefaction in Palu, Sigi and Donggala continues to this day. Another Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) compound has finished construction in Donggala. Unlike any other ICS compound, the ICS in Sumari Vilalge, Donggala, also provides comfortable shelters for people with disabilities.

The ICS in Sumari Village is a collaborative project between Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Peace Winds Japan. The construction took 16 days to finish, involving 70 construction volunteers. The construction was finished on Saturday (3/9) and ready to be inhabited.

The ICS compound in Sumari Village contains 96 shelters, 30 of which are designated for people with disabilities. Additionally, the compound also has amenities like sanitary facilities, a mosque, a public kitchen, a storehouse, a laundry room and three classroom buildings.    

Coordinator of ICS – ACT Construction, Dede Abdul Rohman, stated that one of the special characteristics of the shelters designated for the physically disabled is the slope entrance in front of the shelters. “The slope entrance serves to make it easier for the inhabitants who have physical disabilities as well as the elderly to get in the shelters,” he said.

Meanwhile, Head of Sumari Village, Rahfin R. Lauda, expressed his gratefulness to ACT who has helped the villagers to get comfortable shelters and their supporting amenities.

“The earthquake that hit our village on Septermber 28 2018 not only destroyed approximately 85 houses but also injured many villagers. We feel extremely helped by these shelters that are designated for people with disabilities. Thank you, ACT,” he said.

To this day, many families in Sumari Village still stay in evacuation tents. Not only because their houses were severely damaged, but because many of them are still traumatized to stay indoors.

After the earthquake, tsunami and soil liquefaction that hit Palu, Sigi and Donggala on September 28 2018, ACT has built 1,026 units of shelters on ten locations across Palu, Sigi and Donggala. Additionally, ACT also built two family shelters on two locations in Palu. []



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