In the year 2007, Jakarta suffered one of its worst floods in five years. More than 340,000 people were made homeless in March, with no access to clean water and electricity. With the help of local NGO, ARUS, MR was able to send close to $67,000 worth of aid supplies to the flood victims. These included 1,650 boxes of milk powder, $5,000 worth of medical supplies, 2,800 bottles of vitamin syrup, two units of glucometer sets, 2,800 sets of uniform and 1,000 school bags.

Five months later, the Bengkulu earthquake, measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia in September. The earthquake was felt in four Provinces – Jambi, Riau, Bengkulu and West Sumatra – damaging many houses and buildings, and cutting off electricity and telephone services. MR responded immediately by sending a 3-man relief team to the evacuation camps in the oil palm estates to identify the immediate needs of the victims as well as the government’s plans for relief operations. The team also distributed aid supplies of food items, hygiene packs and medicine.

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org