Tsunami survivor gives clean water to a baby girl.

A Tsunami of Water but Not a Drop to Drink

A woman in Indonesia stands gazing at the tragic aftermath of a tsunami.

INDONESIA – When multiple earthquakes and a tsunami struck Indonesia, over 800 were killed and thousands were displaced from their homes. Despite the devastating wall of ocean water that swept over Palu City following the disasters, one of the greatest needs was clean drinking water.

Obor Berkat (Operation Blessing) Indonesia moved into the area with relief just as soon as the immediate danger passed. With your help, the relief team provided emergency food, water, medical care, and solar lights to those living in makeshift camps and shelters.

Tsunami survivor gives clean water to a baby girl.

However, the need for water proved great and far-reaching. Thanks to faithful supporters like you, a team of Operation Blessing water experts arrived to assess the best way to provide long term relief. Their goal: to deliver safe water technology and assist the local team in establishing a plan they could continue into the future.

On their arrival, they pinpointed locations, hospitals, and shelters in greatest need. Based on the number of people in need and other pertinent information, they chose the best safe water solution for each location.

Training tsunami survivors in clean water technologies.

The team also trained staff, volunteers, and community members in how to use the various safe water technologies. They distributed more than 150 H2gO handheld chlorinators, 8 SE-200 community chlorine generators, over 120 water backpacks for transporting water, and more than 40,000 water purifying Aquatabs!

Each of these tools can turn unsafe water into clean, fresh water quickly and effectively, providing that vital source of life to entire communities of hurting disaster victims. In addition, you made it possible for the team set up larger systems and begin distributing huge quantities of bottled water to survivors in need.

Woman holding water backpack and a bottle of water.

Many children, families, and adults can’t return to their homes, either because they’ve been destroyed or for fear that the region still isn’t safe. Some of the survivors have moved to remote villages in the mountains for fear of another tsunami, and Operation Blessing has been one of the first organizations to reach them with aid.

Ifa smiles thanks to clean water.

This is where we met a young girl named Ifa. She survived the disasters by fleeing to higher ground the minute the first tremors hit, just the way she’d been taught. While she ran for safety, buildings and roads began to crumble around her. Thankfully, Ifa and her mother reached safety in time, saving their lives. “I was trembling because I was sad and scared,” Ifa said.

Now they’ve moved into a makeshift camp, but they didn’t have safe water until Operation Blessing came along. Your support, a little encouragement, and a cup of clear water brought a smile to Ifa’s face. She said, “Thank you, Operation Blessing, for bringing fresh and clean water!”

Young boys in Indonesia with large bottles of safe water.

By the time the OBI team of water experts left the area, they had trained the local staff to continue the work of supplying safe, clean water for those in need. Your ongoing support makes this kind of urgent and sustainable relief possible. Thank you for your heart to bless disaster victims like Ifa during their darkest hours.

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