Indonesia is facing a crisis and we urgently need your help
to provide life-saving essentials.

CBM began working immediately with local partners to provide emergency support to those affected, including those living with a disability.

On 28th September 2018 at 2pm, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a deadly tsunami.

Prompting waves as high as six metres tall, nearly 1,000 villages have been affected, and over one thousand deaths have been confirmed.

As the death toll continues to rise, the impact of the tsunami has been devastating and the damage is significant. Access to affected areas is challenging and the situation on the ground is reported chaotic.

Electricity, communication and access to these areas has been cut and villages are in desperate need of food, medicine and shelter. With hundreds feared trapped under rubble, rescue teams are struggling to recover victims due to a shortage in heavy equipment.

Of particular concern are the areas of Palu and Donggala, as well as two other districts, which are located close to the epicentre of the quake. With a combined population of approximately 1.4 million, the full impact on these areas is still unknown and hundreds are feared buried in landslides that engulfed entire villages.

Your help is needed urgently to provide life-saving essentials!


7.5 magnitude earthquake

6 metre tall waves

1.4 million people affected

Over one thousand deaths confirmed

15% of any disaster-affected population will be persons living with disability (WHO World Report, 2011).

More than 48,000 have been forced from their homes

Rescuers are struggling to reach devastated towns

Food, water, fuel, medicine, tents and baby supplies are all in short supply

When a disaster hits, people living with a disability are among the most affected.

Warning messages and emergency shelters are often inaccessible, and people may be unable to flee or evacuate. Essential assistive devices may be lost or damaged, people may be separated from their carers and support networks, and humanitarian operations often forget about people with disabilities, leaving them without food, shelter and medical care.

Distribution of essential items needs to commence as soon as possible and your donation will help provide the above to all people in need.

Those living with a disability are often at the end of the line. Your generous donation will help ensure they're not forgotten.

Those living with a disability in particular are especially vulnerable and need access to urgent medical treatment and assistive devices. Sadly, for those whose lives have been spared, families may now be facing a new devastating challenge, the possibility of a loved one acquiring a disability.

We need your help. Please give an urgent donation now to help provide healthcare services, food, water and shelter to people affected by the Indonesia Tsunami.

"I just ran away to a safe place [when the earthquake struck]. My relatives then picked me from the shelter and bring me to their house [8 hours from Palu] ... no chance to go back ... there are no transportations to Palu..."

Samsinar, a 41 year-old woman from Palu, who survived the earthquake and tsunami. Samsinar has a physical disabilty.

Please DONATE NOW to the Indonesia Tsunami Emergency