Sulawesi Joint Response

Wide-ranging assistance for 230,000 people affected by the earthquake and tsunami

The Sulawesi Joint Response has been launched to meet the varied needs of the people in Sulawesi affected by the September earthquake and tsunami.

Contact - CARE Nederland

Joint response lead

Joost Hosman

T: (+31) 6 55 16 59 62


About the crisis

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, September 28. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit land at a speed of 800 kph with waves of up to 6m. Killing 2081 people, the majority of whom were in the city of Palu in Central Sulawesi. More than 65,000 houses have been severely damaged or destroyed by the earthquake or tsunami, leaving some 330,000 people without adequate shelter, while 71,000 people displaced by the disaster are staying in displacement sites with limited access to life-saving services.

The Dutch Relief Alliance Response

More than 230,000 people receive support in the affected areas of Palu, Sigi, Donggala and Parigi Mountang. Main activities will be:

  • Shelter/Non Food Items: distribution of emergency shelter materials and non food items, including kitchen, hygiene and bedding kits.
  • Food security and livelihoods: distribution of food and supplementary packages.
  • WASH: deployment of water tanks, water testing, repair of water points, distribution of WASH and hygiene kits, construction of emergency latrines, training of hygiene promotors to conduct awareness raising sessions, distribution of water filters and water purification tablets, and rehabilitation and maintenance of water supply schemes to allow better access to water, distribution of dignity kits to vulnerable women and adolescent girls.
  • Health: rehabilitation of health clinics, provision of emergency health care to injured and other patients, awareness raising to prevent water borne diseases, medical outreach teams, procurement of medicines and supply to hospitals, psychosocial support and trauma counselling, mobile clinics to reach remote areas, revalidation support for injured and newly disabled persons,
  • Protection will be integrated throughout the above mentioned activities and sectors as much as possible. All activities are tailored to ensure needs of specific groups are taken into account, e.g. in the design of latrines, location of water points and enabling access to health services for all vulnerable groups, especially women and children.


The joint response is carried out by eight partners from DRA: CARE Nederland, Cordaid, Oxfam Novib, Plan International Netherlands, Save the Children, Tearfund NL, World Vision and ZOA. All these partners have access to the affected area in Central Sulawesi. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the joint response with an amount of € 4 million.