Helping Save the Children support children and their families following tsunami devastation
Project completed: October 2019
Who they are
Around the world, Save the Children provides lifesaving supplies and emotional support for children caught up in disasters like floods, famine and wars. They also campaign for long-term change to improve children’s lives and help them get the food and healthcare they need to survive and thrive.
What they do
In September 2018, a devastating tsunami (triggered by a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Sulawasi) created waves of up to six metres in height, causing catastrophic damage and flattening whole coastal towns in some areas. 1.5 million people including 600,000 children were affected. Save the Children were on the ground within 72 hours of the disaster striking, providing immediate support to those in desperate need alongside their local partner Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik.
How we helped
Funding from the tcc foundation supported the vital work of Save the Children in Sulawesi. Due to the trauma of witnessing the disaster and in many cases being separated from family, children are vulnerable to both short- and long-term psychological issues and over 9,000 children and adults have received specialist mental health support and 22 lost children reunited with their families.
Much of the infrastructure within communities was destroyed, Save the Children provided over 62,000 shelter kits to enable families to build their own shelters and replace lost household items. 100 temporary schools were established to enable children to continue their education along with Child Friendly Spaces to provide them with a safe place to play and be children again.
Following disasters there is a huge risk of disease outbreaks and to try and mitigate this over 42,000 children received hygiene items and advice. Save the Children continue to support these devastated communities and tcc foundation was proud to support their work.