I’m sure you have all heard about the devastating earthquake in Indonesia by now. The United Nations have stated that nearly 1,000 people have been killed, while the Indonesian government believes the death toll is 777 along with hundreds injured. Regardless, the people of Indonesia need our help. Switzerland, Australia, Japan, and the United States have already arrived with rescue teams and aid. President Barack Obama called Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to express condolences on behalf of the American people.
“I’ve ordered my administration to coordinate with the ongoing relief and recovery efforts there,” Obama said. “They (Indonesians) need to know that America will be their friend and partner.”
Insha’Allah, with the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and possibly in collaboration with other clubs on campus, I plan to help organize a fundraiser for the victims and families of this recent disaster. Islamic Relief is another organization and rescue team that is in Indonesia and they are appealing to people worldwide to donate now. Please follow the link below to send your donations:
According to Al-Jazeera English, the rescue teams lack sufficient equipment, which is why aid and rescue teams are urgently needed. There are still many people, including children, still trapped beneath the rubble of the disaster. As parents and others pray for their children and Loved ones, the best we can do is pray with them and offer whatever aid we possibly can.
No donation is too small. Every penny counts and makes a difference. May Allah bring healing to those who are suffering. Ameen.