The Helps That Come


Logistics selection done by YEU’s volunteers in Disaster Oasis. 

Hargobinangun, Yogyakarta, Indonesia – 01/11/10 – 01:00 West Indonesia Time. As Yakkum Emergency Unit (YEU) started to respond the disaster from Mt.Merapi eruption, Tuesday, 26 October 2010, helping hands were coming spontaneously and continuously. Those helps are varies, from logistics through volunteers. 

“Most of the volunteers coming to serve are individual. They are students or workers, but mostly are students from various universities in Yogyakarta. There are some though from another cities in Java like the ones from Bogor, West Java Province. Only some who were sent by organizations, some of them are private firms or churches”, Karni from YEU said regarding the volunteers who are coming to YEU to serve in responding the Mt.Merapi eruption disaster. 

Various organizations and individual express their concern by sending logistics to help the survivors. Foods, drinks, clothing, items for baby, utensils, and hygiene kits, are some that they send to YEU to distribute among the survivors. 

“There are a lot. People coming from various business firms, universities, or religious organizations send logistics for the survivors of this disaster” said Nuraini, the staff in charge for logistics administration.

So many volunteers coming and going as well as various logistics donated by various parties for YEU to distribute among the survivors, confirms that supports to YEU response is exist. How to manage the helps that coming, become the key word for YEU to respond it.

Helps were not only logistics, but also volunteers

“It’s grateful that both volunteers and logistics are granted to YEU. We appreciate that so much. It lies to us internally in YEU to manage them well. Sometimes we cannot accommodate some items of foods, clothing, or other logistics, for us to distribute due to health or social consideration.  We also need clarity on why and how people apply to be volunteers. This will make ease for both sides, YEU and the volunteers, in implementing the disaster response program”, said Sari Mutia Timur, M.D., one of the Management Team for the IDPs Camp YEU built in its training centre facility, Disaster Oasis. 

The helps that come can in fact be productive, but loose in managing them can be unproductive. (Prepared by Abang Rahino for Yakkum Emergency Unit).

Abang Rahino
Jl.Jurugsari III/35, Kaliurang Km 7,3, Yogyakarta 55283, Indonesia, Ph 62-274-668 3701, Cell: 0878 3997 1706

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Oase in Disaster - Yakkum Emergency Unit This blog is official blog of Yakkum Emergency Unit Member of ACT Alliance and Member of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia. The contents of this blog covers the YEU's activities related to emergency responds activities in Indonesia. Currently, we are working in emergency respon in three different areas; to respond Wasior flash-flood affected people in Manokwari, West Papua, tsunami-Mentawai affected people in Mentawai, West Sumatera, and Merapi Volcano Eruption in Central Java and Yogyakarta. At the national level, we are coordinating within the network of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia (HFI) and at the International level we're coordinating with Global Network for Disaster Reduction and ACT Alliance. Email: Follow us in twitter @yeu2001
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