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Local Groups in Indonesia Evaluating Tsunami Recovery Needs

12/26/2018 UPDATE: Two of Give2Asia’s partners are on the ground providing emergency services to those affected. Read more and send them funds below.

On Saturday, December 22nd, at 21:30 local time (14:30 GMT), a tsunami struck western Java and southern Sumatra islands in Indonesia. It struck beaches and resort areas heavily populated due to a local holiday. As of December 25th there are a reported 429 dead and over 16,000 people displaced.

The waves were caused by undersea landslides triggered by the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano. The tsunami was not detected because the active warning systems only detect earthquakes, while a network of buoy monitoring and alert systems that could have detected the waves has not been functioning since 2012. A government agency of Indonesia has announced that they will begin to install a new system beginning next year.

Give2Asia is watching the situation closely. Our staff on the ground has reported that due to the affected area’s accessibility, located only 3 hours from Jakarta, the government response effort is covering the current needs of those impacted. We are in correspondence with local partners to determine the long-term recovery needs as they become clear. Earlier this year, Give2Asia partners were highly involved in response and recovery efforts to multiple earthquakes and related tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Lombok and Sulawesi islands.

We will continue to update this page as information is gathered. If you are interested in supporting or learning more about the local response, please reach out at


Two of Give2Asia’s partners are on the ground providing emergency services to those affected. Both are currently focused on SAR and the provision of basic needs for victims and evacuees. They will continue to conduct emergency relief for the next two weeks before planning out their long-term response efforts.

IDEP Foundation 

IDEP Foundation is a Bali-based nonprofit that does disaster resilience programming across Indonesia, especially focused on training and response. Their work covers four areas which comprise what they call the “Cycle of Resilience”: Sustainable Development, Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Response, and Community Recovery.

Donate to IDEP

PKPU Human Initiatives

PKPU Human Initiatives is a social agency in Indonesia that provides aid to the community through three main programs: disaster relief aid, rehabilitation, and community empowerment. They actively build networks between different sectors and institutions to improve efficiency in responding to emergencies.

Donate to PKPU

Give2Asia is an international nonprofit organization that builds networks for charitable investment across the Asia Pacific region through partnerships with local organizations. To date, Give2Asia has swiftly and thoughtfully responded to over 40 natural disasters in Asia and rebuilt local communities with $50 million in funding.

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