Interfaith Initiatives that Works


Wisma Nazareth – Banteng Parish, Yogyakarta, Indonesia – 05/11/10 – 21:00 West Indonesia Time. It was about 3.00am when I arrived at the nearby compound of a Roman Catholic Church of the Banteng Parish at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The parish is a large community, with the congregation of about five thousand people. It has a seminary with 29 Brothers and 8 Fathers.

Some tens of IDPs were there already. Yakkum Emergency Unit (YEU) sent them from their second refugee camp in junior high school facilities up North at 17kms away from the Mt.Merapi crater.

The eruptions of Mt.Merapi were gradually bigger. Gravel, sands, and ash raining started to began which made YEU decided to evacuate the IDPs to a safer place 24kms away from the crater. 

The IDPs sat on mattresses neatly arranged on the floor of a large meeting hall. The Brothers were conducting the information data collecting among the IDPs.

Some Fathers met me and asked whether I am the volunteer team leader from YEU. I told them no and told that they were still up there with the rest of the IDPs still waiting for the transportation. I talked to Butet before who told me that she was on her way down hill. It was Butet, the Officer from the Human Resources Department of YEU who told me first that they decided to leave the junior high school and seek for another safer place to refuge.

The Fathers let their Brothers worked all out to welcome the IDPs coming. When I worked on the meal provider information, more and more people came from the Parish congregation who expressed their commitment to provide meals whether for breakfast, lunch or dinners. At about ten o’clock in the morning, I figured out that commitments for providing meals for IDPs were already more than enough. Meals for lunch even already more than doubled needed.

About half an hour later, two young Moslem ladies came to work as volunteers. They were already with YEU since the beginning of the Mt.Merapi eruption ten days ago. Heru, Polet and Temon, the three young people from Semarang who served as volunteers for psychosocial intervention and logistics officer were also Moslems.

Learning the multi background parties working hand on hand to response the Mt.Merapi disaster, I again witnessing the harmony among various different religious background working together in humanitarian works in Indonesia. This confirmed that in fact, interfaith initiatives does indeed work in Indonesia communities ( prepared by Abang Rahino for Yakkum Emergency Unit ).


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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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