Indonesia, specifically Sumatera, hosts a huge potential for natural disaster. As part of the Pacific Ring of Fire represented by the Bukit Barisan, Sumatera is also situated next to the boundary of two tectonic plates, the Australian and the Eurasian Plates. Natural disaster does not only cause casualties, but also environmental destruction. Disasters can also be the cause of environmental destruction.
YEL’s involvement assisting flood victims of Bohorok back in November 2003 led to the awareness on the necessity of disaster mitigation and, in regards to the dimension of the environmental destruction in Indonesia in general and in Sumatra in particular, the importance of having prepared with post disaster community development programme in addition to relief efforts.
The experience from the flood of Bohorok was a strong reason for YEL to establish an ad-hoc Humanitarian Division in response to the Tsunami of 2004 that devastated huge part of the Province Aceh and the Island of Nias in the Province of North Sumatra. The implementation of YEL’s humanitarian programme was constantly accompanied by environmental awareness campaign addressing the necessity of a sustainable management of the environment.
- Milestones of YEL’s Humanitarian Assistance
- Construction of Nagan Raya District Hospital
- Prosthetic Programme
Starting in 2012, YEL’s humanitarian programme will be carried out as an ad-hoc activity instead of under an independent humanitarian division.