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  • Emergency aid:

    Our churches already help on the spot.

When the catastrophe happens....

......our local member churches provide fast, committed and unbureaucratic help. We do not have to laboriously set up structures or commission other partners. We as VEM are already on site. You can be sure that your donation will arrive and help the affected people. An emergency aid fund set up especially for this purpose helps us to do so.


Emergency Aid in December 2021

Vulcano Eruption of Mt. Semeru in East-Java

The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, the Evangelical Church of Westphalia, the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck  and the United Evangelical Mission  are supporting the Evangelical Church in East-Java (GKJW) in Indonesia with a total amount of 20,000 Euros in dealing with the consequences of the eruption of Mt. Semeru on December 4, 2021.

On Saturday, 4 December, a first eruption of Mt. Semeru occurred. About one dozen nearby villages were coated in volcano ash. A stream of lava flew towards the valley from the 3,676 metre high mountain, which is the highest mountain on Java island. According to the Disaster Control Agency of Indonesia and GKJW, nearly 3,000 houses and 38 schools were damaged. Up to now there are 34 persons who died, another 27 persons are still missed. At least 68 persons have severe burns according to the local civil defence and a further 56 persons have been rushed to hospital.
Indonesia has around 130 active volcanoes and lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire. 



Emergency Aid in January 2021

With emergency aid totaling 15,000 euros, the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, the Evangelical Church of Westphalia and the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) are supporting the Gereja Kalimantan Evangelis (GKE) in Indonesia in dealing with the consequences of the ongoing severe flooding in South Kalimantan.

Biggest flood in 50 years

The region has been affected by massive rainfall since January 7 this year. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding villages and towns in ten districts. Rural areas such as Tapin and Banjar are affected, as well as larger cities such as Banjar Baru and Banjarmasin. According to the Indonesian government, these are the largest floods in 50 years.

Victims will be dependent on emergency aid for a long time to come

At least 112,700 people have been brought to safety so far, and 40,000 affected people have been left homeless. At least fifteen people lost their lives. In more than 27,100 houses, the water is up to three meters high. Power outages occurred in several regions. Many roads have become impassable or have been washed away by the masses of water. The floods have also increased the risk of epidemics. According to the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the above-average rainfall during the current rainy season may continue until February. This means that people affected by the floods will be dependent on emergency aid for a long time to come.

The UEM member church Gereja Kalimantan Evangelis (GKE), which is based in South Kalimantan, is asking the German churches for rapid financial support in order to be able to continue its diaconal emergency aid for the affected people. Urgent needs include basic foodstuffs, ready-to-eat food, mineral water and medicines against diarrhea and itching.


Photo: J. Schermuly/VEM
Terri-Lynn Smith
Project Officer und Fundraising Officer
Jl. Pdt. J. Wismar Saragih, Bane, Kec. Siantar Utara, Kota Pematangsiantar, 21142 North Sumatra, Indonesia


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