Indonesia Earthquake Relief (2022)

Support emergency relief and recovery efforts for the November 2022 West Java earthquake.


Issue AreaDisaster

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On November 21, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia. At least 268 people lost their lives and hundreds more are injured or remain missing. Tragically, many of the casualties were children since the earthquake occurred during school hours.

The quake centered on the Sukalarang area in Sukabumi on West Java. Residents felt shaking in 10 surrounding Districts, including the capital Jakarta – 3 hours away from the epicenter. State Meteorology Climate and Geophysical Bureau (BMKG) has recorded more than 100 aftershocks.

The earthquake caused severe damage in five districts. Thousands of residents have been evacuated, and early reports indicated that at least 3,000 houses and many public facilities are severely damaged. Government agencies, NGOs, and volunteers are prioritizing rescuing victims who may still be trapped in ruins. Other priorities include setting up emergency evacuation centers amid the heavy rain now battering the areas.


The immediate needs identified by our partners who are currently involved in rescue and relief efforts on the ground include:

  • Sturdy emergency shelters for evacuees
  • Food and clean water
  • Clothing and household items
  • Cooking facilities for the evacuees
  • Essential medicines, especially for those living in evacuation camps
  • Supplies to support volunteers helping rescue efforts
  • Mental health and psychosocial support to communities, and especially to children

There will be significant medium to longer-term recovery and rehabilitation needs for rebuilding houses and schools, mental health support, and capacity-building for disaster preparedness and mitigation efforts (especially for classrooms).


Habitat for Humanity Indonesia

Habitat for Humanity Indonesia (Yayasan Habitat Kemanusiaan Indonesia / YHKI) is sending a team to conduct an in-depth assessment of the affected locations. With strong expertise in house construction, earthquake-friendly construction, and disaster response program, YHKI will make initial response through:

  • Emergency Shelter Kits (ESK) distribution, enabling families to build temporary shelters and repair their houses
  • WASH and Cleaning Kits (WCK) distribution, enabling family members to maintain a clean environment
  • Transitional Shelter and Permanent Homes construction

As their core mandate, Habitat is building safer and earthquake-friendly houses with the community. Habitat will also influence local government to promote retrofitting programs to strengthen home structure.

Human Initiative

The Human Initiative team has sent two rescue teams from Jakarta and Bandung and is coordinating with the local government. The team includes search and rescue personnel, an impact assessment team, a logistics team, and a psychosocial support service team. Based on early reports, there is damage to buildings and roads buried in landslides, some areas of electricity were still out, telecommunication signals are cut off, and road access to the location most affected by the earthquake remains difficult.

Human Initiatives will set up and help manage evacuation tents, personal and families basic needs such as blankets and sleeping mats, ready-to-eat food, mobile medical services, tarpaulin, individual hygiene kits, and emergency electricity support. During emergency relief, HI will continue its work in Search and Rescue operations, Rapid Assessment and Initial Coordination, Water and Kitchen support, and providing a mobile battery charging station.

IDEP Foundation

IDEP Foundation is providing:

  • Coordination and cooperation with local partners for urgent and basic needs assessment
  • Distribution of aid to meet basic needs
  • Conducting public campaigns and capacity-building for disaster preparedness, including IDEP’s Earthquake Safe Houses (RAG) campaign

Project HOPE

Project HOPE is partnering with local organization partners who have experience in ER since the 2004 Tsunami in Aceh. Their planned response includes:

  • $20,000 to provide MCU/mobile clinic units (medical personnel, medical supplies, operational cost) for two weeks, covering 3-5 most damaged and isolated villages
  • $35,000 to provide MCU (personnel, medical supplies, operational cost) for two weeks, covering 3-5 most damaged and isolated villages plus distribution of NFI to 250 families (+/- 1,000 IDPs/internally displaced persons)
  • $50,000 to provide MCU (personnel, medical supplies, operational cost) and MHPSS (Mental health and psychosocial support) for two weeks covering 3-5 most damaged and isolated villages plus distribution of NFI (non-food items) to 350 families (+/- 1,400 IDPs)


Individual donors can support relief efforts by clicking the donate button at the top of this page. For large gifts or corporate giving opportunities, please contact our international giving team.

Photos courtesy of Human Initiative

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