INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI APPEAL
On September 28, 2018 a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami caused devastating damage and loss of life on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. At least 1,700 are known to have died with hundreds more missing. At least 200,000 people are in urgent need with over 1.5 million people are affected.
At the forefront of our minds are the thousands of children who are separated from their families or orphaned. Launching Street Child’s appeal to support the children of Sulawesi, Street Child’s patron Sarah, Duchess of York said:
‘As a mother, I have found the stories and scenes of children affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia utterly heartbreaking. I can’t imagine anything more frightening for a child than not knowing whether their parents are dead or alive. It’s already clear that a large number of children have not only seen their homes, schools and communities destroyed but have also been orphaned, and more are separated from their families.
‘Many are sleeping on the streets of Pula and are deeply traumatized by what they have been through. Street Child has enormous experience and expertise in this area, having stepped in to help thousands of children orphaned by the Ebola crisis.
We know these children in Indonesia will need both immediate and long-term support. That’s why we are launching a special appeal to raise funds for a mission to Indonesia. We need your support to allow us to get a team on the ground to help, both in the immediate term in providing protection for vulnerable children affected by the disaster, and in the longer term in helping to rebuild schools and communities.
Please support us by donating whatever you can to the appeal. I know it will make a real difference.’
Sarah, Duchess of York
Founder patron, Street Child
Street Child works in the world’s poorest and toughest places to make sure that children can go to school and learn for a brighter future.
A huge 121 million children are out of school globally, with no opportunities to learn even basic reading or writing skills. These children live in the poorest parts of the world, decimated by natural disasters, disease, and conflict. Our goal is to get these children into school and help them learn for a better future, so we make sure that we address all the reasons children are out of school.
We build schools, including first-ever schools for many rural communities. We train teachers and we provide books, pens, pencils, and uniforms. To make sure that children’s families can afford the cost of education, we give out grants and offer access to a business training scheme, so that families can set up a small business and make it profitable. We also make sure that children have loving homes to live in and families to care for them, so we find extended family for orphans or street children, and offer counselling or mediation for families struggling to cope with conflict or loss.
A SCHOOL FOR EVERY VILLAGE
Street Child has launched our most ambitious program to date - to build 1,000 rural schools over the next five years so that 100,000 children living in poverty can learn to read and write. We’ll be refurbishing, re-equipping and constructing schools in the remotest villages in West Africa, as well as training teachers and giving out learning materials.
Why don’t you join us, and make your mark on the world by helping to give a first-ever school to a village of impoverished children? $3,000 will make a significant contribution towards progress, and will give you the opportunity to name one of these amazing schools. You’ll receive a photo of your school once construction is complete, information about the community, and updates about the program’s progress. You’ll make a difference by helping to meet the needs of the world’s poorest kids; you’ll be truly connected to the cause, and in on something while it’s actually happening; and you’ll be recognized for your contribution. What could be better? Read more.
We’re very thankful to have support from these amazing people, who help fund our work and promote the importance of education in making a true difference to the lives of vulnerable children.