Gift of the Givers is sending a group of South Africans to assist with relief efforts in Indonesia after an earthquake shook the area and many lost their lives
A devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia where more than 1,000 people have lost their lives. Gift of the Givers will be sending two teams of South Africans to Indonesia to assist with disaster relief efforts.
Rescuers have started arriving on the island and relief efforts have kicked off to assist in finding any people who may be trapped within their homes.
Relief efforts include the need for food, water, and medical help. On Friday this week, 15 South Africans will be joining the efforts with thanks to Gift of the Givers.
“Number one primarily is search and rescue. It’s a search and rescue team with a small component to assist with any medical interventions while assessing bigger medical teams there. So, they will help find bodies, to search for survivors, prepare the pathway for others teams to come if necessary.” – Imtiaz Sooliman, Gift of the Givers Founder
A 7.5 magnitude quake struck the west coast of the island of Sulawesi last week Friday which then triggered a tsunami. Since then a volcanic eruption has occurred.
At present, there are many shortages such as petrol, food and water. The president of Indonesia sent in 7 cargo planes stocked with relief items as well as other organisations getting involved.
Hopefully, our South African team can help make a bigger difference. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the disaster. South Africa sends its love.