By Medan, Indonesia Relief Team (Originally in Indonesian)
Since September 2013, the Mount Sinabung volcano, located in Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia, has been active, at times spewing ash and searing hot gas, and sending lava and rocks down its southern slopes. The local authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people, providing shelter for them in tents, schools and public buildings. Following Master’s compassionate instructions to always help those in need, with funds available upon request, our Association members from the North Sumatra capital, Medan, quickly made a plan to provide assistance and contributed IDR 29,871,295 (US$2,500) for relief aid.
On January 26, 2014, we visited four shelters in Berastagi city where over 3,700 displaced persons were living. We delivered vegan food, drinks, blankets, sarongs, medical ointments and daily necessities.
Our heartfelt prayers and love to the many individuals and families in need following the volcanic eruptions. May Heaven bless all those affected with much comfort.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
for Volcano Eruption Relief Work in Berastagi, North Sumatra, Indonesia
|Vegan food (instant noodles, bread, biscuits, baby porridge and candy), soybean drinks and green bean drinks||21,919,369||A|
|Daily necessities (sarongs, blankets, hygiene items, toothpaste, toothbrushes and medical ointment)||7,951,926||B|
|Total|| IDR 29,871,295
Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid for their own transportation.