By Medan Relief Team, Indonesia (Originally in Indonesian)
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Aceh early in the morning of December 7, 2016, destroying buildings in Pidie Jaya Regency, Indonesia. The tremor took at least 100 lives including young children, seriously injured 857 and forced nearly 84,000 people to move to shelters, according to Indonesia’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency.
Deeply concerned about the affected people, and following Master’s loving instruction to render aid, our Medan Association members contributed IDR 135,805,000 (US$10,100), and on December 10, sent a relief team to the city of Banda Aceh. After coordinating with Red Cross Indonesia, we purchased the requested relief items including mineral water, sarongs, vegan biscuits, vegan instant drinks, stationery, toiletries, socks, mosquito nets, medicines and baby diapers.
On December 12, after traveling for four hours, our team arrived at Pidie Jaya Regency, the most-affected area, to distribute supplies. We were met by smiles and hospitality wherever we went. At every emergency post we visited, there were medical teams from the local government. The children loved the candy we shared with them, and their laughter made us forget about our tiredness. At the end of the day, we finished distributing the relief items to 23 emergency posts and returned to Banda Aceh.
Our relief team members are grateful to Master for Her boundless love and blessings, which allowed the operation to complete smoothly. May all natural disasters such as these cease, as more people transition to the compassionate and peaceful vegan lifestyle.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for the Earthquake Relief Work in Indonesia
|Food (vegan biscuits, instant vegan drinks and mineral water), daily necessities (baby diapers, toiletries, sarongs, socks, mosquito nets), stationery and medicines||120,705,000||A|
|Travel expenses for the relief team (driver, gasoline, food, guide and hotel)||15,100,000||B|