ChildFund Indonesia is helping children in Sulawesi whose lives were devastated by the powerful tsunami and earthquake that hit the island in September.
Officials have confirmed that more than 2,000 people lost their lives and almost 80,000 people were displaced following a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami on September 28.
The disasters destroyed villages, cutting off essential services like water and electricity, and leaving more than 46,000 children in urgent need of aid.
ChildFund Indonesia country director Bridgette Thorold said the generosity of international donors, including Australians, has helped ChildFund respond to the needs of children.
“In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake on Sulawesi, ChildFund in partnership with a local NGO is assisting children and their families affected by the earthquake through family kits to enable basic shelter, personal care and hygiene,” Bridgette said.
“This is very important in ensuring a sense of dignity and well-being.
“We are also establishing Child-Centered Spaces, which provide children with opportunity for recreational and stimulating activities. These are critical in providing a safe, supervised routine for social interaction that enable children to overcome psychological effects of the disaster.
“Volunteers who run these facilities are also being trained to recognise signs of psychosocial distress in children, to support children manage these behaviours and to refer for professional help when necessary.”