352,000 people displaced in North Lombok
Scroll to the end of this page for how you can donate to those in need in Lombok. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
On 8th August, one day after I returned to Australia from Indonesia the 7.0 earthquake hit the North of Lombok in Indonesia.
After speaking with my Balinese husband of 21 years, Nengah Wenten, we have set up a Recovery Appeal for those who are able to help. If everyone reading this donates what they can, it will help a lot.
As well as the many deaths and injuries I now have more current information about entire villages who have lost everything, are experiencing deep trauma, have little drinking water, food and shelter. Government assistance has started but more is needed immediately.
Lombok Recovery Appeal
Here is what is needed, where it is needed, and why this is a good way to donate. Those of you who know me well, this is a direct link to offer help to people in great distress.
What is needed
In communication with the village heads, this is what Wenten said is needed now for these people in this priority order:
1. Drinking water – the local water is now brown, bottled water needed to drink and cook
2. Food – basic food such as rice is needed
3. Medicine – *UPDATE: govt regulations mean we cannot supply medicines
4. Shelter – tarps are needed for shelter
5. When they can go back home, rebuilding will be needed
The best way to get cash to Lombok
I went to my bank and worked out the fastest way to get 100% of any donations over there is to put it into a bank account here in Australia, then send it directly to Wentens account in Lombok, where he can withdraw cash. He will personally buy what is needed to give to those who need it the most.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO SO FAR
16 August 2018: Supplies and FRESH VEGETABLES are being driven to North Lombok today. The earth is still shaking with many aftershocks. This is Wenten with his helpers and security.
15 August 2018: Gratefully, with donations being offered I have transferred another $1,000 direct to Wenten today (plus $1,000 yesterday) and he is going to purchase $1,500 of water, $400 of rice, $100 to hire vehicles, drivers, petrol and security and take these to North Lombok in the next few days.
What does the future hold for North Lombok? Change I am sure. I am hoping that in the coming weeks the Government is able to get into these places as promised, for now we will buy water and rice and send it in personally, so your $5, $50, $100 or more is still worth 10x value to us to help the Balinese Families. Details on how you can donate are at the end of this page. Thank you.
14 August 2018: I have transferred another $1,000 AUD direct to Wentens bank this morning. This now makes a total of $3,300 AUD donated that I have sent over to buy water, food and tarps plus another $300 I used to purchase water purification drops that I am looking for someone who is going to take over, or I will send by courier if I need to.
Today Wenten said the greatest priority is water, all the water has turned brown and cannot be used for drinking or cooking, so bottled water is urgently needed. He said there is still one spring water supplier producing water in Narmada – and he will purchase as much as he can from them over the next days.
13 August 2018: Wenten has dropped off supplies in North Lombok and said he feels very sad to see what happened there. He said most of the people were hungry and are in trauma from the initial earthquake that they said went on for 24 hours and now the ongoing experience they are going through with aftershocks. All the buildings are damaged.
11 August 2018: Wenten sent me photos of lots of food he picked up today, looks like baby formula, rice, eggs, noodles, water and tarpaulins. And different smiling children standing with a sign saying ‘Donated by Julie Jara Holistic Healing’, which is kind of funny, its come from my family, friends, clients and people I dont even know, who all wanted to give. I guess you are all part of the healing movement now! I have graciously received more donations today and promises for the future, which will continue to assist while the future is a little shaky right now. Again, thank you so much.
10 August 2018: A quick update: just spoke with Wenten in Lombok, he is on the way to the market to buy supplies to drive up to the areas where people need water and food. I feel helpless in a way, but so grateful my family, friends, clients, associates and even people I dont know have given donations. We can help that way.
Afternoon update: I sent $1,200 to Wenten today. Using Transferwise it goes into his Lombok account immediately with better exchange rates than I was getting for cash last week. He said supplies where difficult to get and the price of water had doubled. (UPDATE: NOW TRIPPLED).
Wenten told me he had done more than 20 healings for people already, mainly children who are crying at night in the evacuation camp. He said with the trauma, and more aftershocks people are not sleeping. He went home and recovered my massage table stored there and is now using this as a bed to sleep on. Good thinking!
9 August 2018: I transferred $1,000 aud over to Lombok today, this will help our Balinese family who urgently need water, food, tarps and Wenten told me today they need blankets because they are sleeping outside. Thank you so much to everyone who has been donating $5, $50, $100 and much larger amounts. Its not how much, its being of service however you can that we are grateful for. Terima Kasih.
Call to Action: Lombok Healing Project
I have worked out a way everyone can be part of offering healing to Lombok, CLICK HERE (even if you dont know how to do healing you can participate in this project!!). CLICK HERE to find out how.
HISTORY OF WENTENS FAMILY
1. Originally from Bali, his family was relocated to Lombok in 1963 when the volcano Agung erupted. Some of his family are still in Bali and are fine, but this explains how the Balinese came to live in Lombok instead of Bali.
2. Wenten lives in Mataram, the city area of Lombok. His roof has fallen in but he said it will be an easy rebuild.
3. His family village is in Suranadi comprising around 55 families so around 500 people. All of the buildings have been damaged, his immediate family house has fallen down and everyone is evacuated until the aftershocks stop. Wenten is living with them in a ‘tent city’ on a football field, like many others in the same predicament.
4. More of the family, around 140 people live in North Lombok. All the buildings have been flattened and now looted by thieves.
HOW TO DONATE
- BANK ACCOUNT IN AUSTRALIA: If you are in Australia, direct payment to my Commonwealth Bank business account. I will send 100% of this money directly to Wenten in Lombok. Send me a quick email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply with bank account details.
- INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFER: If you are overseas you could use Transferwise, Worldremit, Torfx etc Email me at email@example.com for Australian bank account details.
- PAYPAL: to https://www.paypal.me/JulieJara/ OR to my phone number 0403 312 316 OR my email Julie@juliejara.com
- CREDIT CARD: Send me an email with how much you would like to donate and I will send you a PayPal invoice, its easy to pay that with Visa or MasterCard. OR if you want me to call you I can take your credit card numbers and process.
- CASH: Yes of course you can hand me cash, any currency.
- IN LOMBOK: If you are visiting Bali and want to fly over to Lombok, the airport is in the south which is undamaged, and the South of Lombok has beautiful beaches you can stay at. Its a 20 minute flight and around $30 – $50 aud from Bali. You can pay Wenten directly, and maybe take medicines with you? Contact me for what is needed first.
- SEND ME AN EMAIL: When you send money, drop me a quick EMAIL and let me know. I will keep you informed on this post of whats happening in the coming weeks and months, how much money we have been able to send over, and I hope some photos!
WHAT ELSE WENTEN IS DOING
Wenten said that the next (but not least) problem is the trauma that everyone is suffering. As a Balian, or Healer in his community he is helping these people where he can, mainly the children who are crying at night.
Help is needed today to go directly to those who need it. Government assistance may be coming, but it will be too late for life preservation in this area now.
It is important to know also that Bali is fine, South Lombok is fine, it is the North that was hit. If it was Australia it would have been like when Darwin was flattened, just one part. You can see pictures of beautiful Lombok on Wentens website here: WelcomeLombokTours.com
Thank you so much for reading all of this. I appreciate your help and so does Wenten and the families he is helping in Lombok.
Thank you for being of service. Blessings, Julie Jara and Nengah Wenten