"Serving with HAND has taught me a lot about myself and the way I view community service......It has opened up opportunities for me to learn new skills, and to serve with my heart."
Hannah YeohUniversity Medical Student
"I personally believe that serving is all humans' calling. Each of us has unique passions and talents,....these blessings is for us to use it to serve and bless others."
Amelia FebrianiHAND Surabaya Core Team
"We must all be agents of change. HAND has provided that exact vehicle for us to restore the poor, and heal the sick and hurt.....we serve our purpose as human beings and not just being human."
Ivan HodinyHAND Jakarta Core Team
Working with communities from diverse backgrounds....is the most inspiring, motivating kind of hard work......I realise that life is not to be lived for oneself alone; life is more beautiful and colorful when we make a positive impact on others."
Vironica TirtajayaHAND Surabaya Core Team
Disaster Response & Relief
Healing Hearts: Providing Relief & Psychosocial Support After the Semeru Eruption
October 27, 2023
In 9th Dec 2021, HAND International (HAND) is proud to be part of the International Disaster Response Network (IDRN), playing a vital role in providing psychosocial support to the village of Sumberwulu, which had been devastated by the eruption of Mt. Semeru. This natural disaster, unexpected and fierce, took the lives of 17 individuals, with many still missing. The community was caught entirely off guard, leaving them in dire need of assistance and support.
The Unforeseen Catastrophe
The eruption of Mt. Semeru serves as a stark reminder of how nature can unleash its fury without warning. In the blink of an eye, a peaceful village like Sumberwulu was turned into a disaster zone. The local residents, who had never anticipated such a calamity, found themselves grappling with the aftermath of a volcanic eruption.
People in our community were totally caught off guard.
Yuni – village resident
Psychosocial Support: A Beacon of Hope
Amidst the devastation and chaos, psychosocial support emerged as a beacon of hope. In times of disaster, the emotional and psychological well-being of survivors is often overlooked. However, it is an integral part of the recovery process. Psychosocial support focuses on healing the hearts and minds of those affected, providing a sense of normalcy in a time of upheaval.
HAND International’s Assistance
HAND International stepped up to provide vital assistance to the stricken community. The warmth of a hot drink, be it milk, coffee, tea, or ginger, can offer comfort beyond words. Adults and children alike found solace in these simple yet heartfelt gestures. For the young ones, HAND International organized activities, playing games and distributing milk, biscuits, and toys to approximately 400 children. These activities aimed to alleviate the trauma they had experienced and bring smiles back to their faces.
Gratitude to Donors and Well-Wishers
In moments like these, the power of collective efforts becomes evident. HAND International extends its heartfelt gratitude to the generous donors and well-wishers who have consistently supported its mission. It is their unwavering support that enables organizations like HAND to be a ray of hope in the darkest of times. With their help, HAND International continues to make the world a better place.
As the village of Sumberwulu rebuilds, HAND International remains committed to offering support and healing to the hearts and minds of the affected residents. In the face of adversity, this collaboration with the International Disaster Response Network and partners like the Singapore Red Cross and Dr. Fred Toke demonstrates the strength of humanity when united in the pursuit of a better world.
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HAND International is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the world a better place. Since 2010, HAND International has been working tirelessly to alleviate poverty and provide access to various services, including education, healthcare, and relief, in areas that have been affected by disasters. With highly qualified staff and volunteers, the organization has been instrumental in providing humanitarian aid and support to the communities who need it most.