In this month, CREST has archive another milestone, 20 years we have established since year 1998. However, there is no celebration due to our busy schedule.
As usual, every year end, many areas in our region has reported disaster in their country. CREST responded Laos Hydro Dam crisis in the month of August, Lombok earthquake in the month of September and recently Centre Sulawesi earthquake and Tsunami.
On the other hand, we are continuing our Myanmar project since Cyclone Nargis back in 2008 by sending a team of trainers to empower (knowledge transfer) to the local teachers in Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC).
On 28 September 2018, a series of earthquakes struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province. The strongest was a 7.4 magnitude quake at a depth of 10km and with its epicentre close to the provincial capital, Palu. The series of earthquakes did not only trigger a tsunami striking beaches in Palu and Donggala, but also liquefaction in 3 major spots and landslides which resulted in damages, impacts and constrained access to humanitarian relief.
On 30 September 2018, the President of Indonesia requested for international aid. CREST, together with Methodist Crisis Relief & Development (MCRD) and TOUCH International (Singapore) joined hands to assist local partner Gesa Bentara in sending relief items following their rapid assessment.
Up to this September, CREST has conducted 17 trainings across 4 countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and China. Due to our limited capacity in human resource and time, we are not able to accept many more requests for training.
We thank our partners who had hosted and worked hand in hand with us in crisis relief mission. We also thank individuals, organizations and churches who have funded our office operations.
In the month of August, CREST deployed teams to Philippines for post Haiyan development project and Laos flood relief. In September, we deployed a team to Lombok for post earthquake recovery. And following in the month of October, teams will be deployed to Palu, (North Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami), Myanmar (post Cyclone Nargis) and Laos (post flood).
We give thanks to our Almighty God, and CREST continues to seek for your continuous prayer support in the coming months. We have a busy schedule and expect ‘unexpected events’ ahead of us.
On 5 August 2018, a destructive and shallow earthquake measuring Mw 6.9 (ML 7.0 according to BMKG) struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia. It was the main shock following its foreshock, a nearby Mw 6.4 earthquake on 29 July. It was followed by another 6.9 earthquake on 19 August 2018.
Widespread damage was reported in Lombok and Bali. Officials stated that at least 80% of structures in North Lombok were either damaged or destroyed. In the aftermath of the sequence of earthquakes in August, a total of 563 people was confirmed killed while more than 1,000 were confirmed injured. More than 417,000 people were displaced.
CREST partnering with Methodist Crisis Relief & Development (MCRD) Malaysia, received appeals from Mennonite Diakonia Service (MDS) to set up 5 sets of reverse osmosis drinking water (RO Water) treatment system at Mentigi, Krandangan, Sanggar Sari, Resot Timur dan Tanjung. Each unit costs Rp. 10,000,000 with a capacity of providing clean drinking water for 500 families in transitional shelters.
Dear friends of CREST, we are moving our office from SS15 Subang Jaya to Bandar Botanic, Klang. Starting from 1 September, 2018 we will operate from our new office with address and contact as below:-
52, Jalan Bungor 3/KS 6, Bandar Botanic,
41200 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.
Facebook: CREST Malaysia
On 23 July 2018, heavy rains breached the walls of Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy (PNPC) hydroelectric power station dam releasing a torrential surge of water downstream resulting in widespread damages. At least 34 were killed, more than 1,126 persons missing and 6,600 others were affected by the catastrophic flood waters.
Our local contact Mr Onchan from Savanankhet has done the first assessment on 30 July in areas around Sanamxai, Attapeu. In total, there are 15 villages are affected. CREST has mobilised 4 volunteers to join the distribution of essential items on the trip from 4 to 12 August.
1a. CREST thanks NECF and look forward to continual partnership in disaster relief. A 15-foot long fiberglass boat equipped with 15HP Suzuki Engine, 2 paddles, 6 life jackets was delivered to CREST’s new office in Klang. This boat will be used for training, water surface rescue, food delivery and emergency evacuation.
Left: Rev. Andy Chi, Secretary-General NECF
In February 2018, CREST signed an agreement with Asia Pacific Baptist Aid Philippines to provide capital assistance to existing livelihood and income-generating projects in 3 villages in Panay Island. On 10-19 June, CREST went to project sites for evaluation and to conduct a workshop on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management for the community leaders.
Our hosts also invited the Department of the Interior and Local Government to share on the disaster management system in the Philippines and the Department of Social Welfare & Development to share on human trafficking in disasters.
May 2018, is a remarkable month for all Malaysians. After the 61 years ruling under the same government, Malaysia is starting a new chapter under the elected government. Personally, I have witnessed the power of one vote and the desire of Malaysian returned home to cast this vote.
2 days after the general election, I have travelled to Singapore to conduct a 1 day disaster preparedness training in partnership with Touch International. Alongside with my trip, many of our friends in Singapore asked me about the election result and they are really impressed with what the Malaysians have done. I give thanks to the Lord for He has granted peace to us despite of changing government and to all Malaysians, you have made this country proud again!
We give thanks to God, our Provider. I recall the first time I brought my wife to CREST office and her first impression was it was like a disaster zone. A regular double story link house that serves as administration office, staff hostel and machine repair.
Our prayers for a new and affordable office have been answered. Soon we will move into a double story corner house in Bandar Botanic in Klang, offered by a generous volunteer.
We will send out our relocation notice soon. Continue to pray with us for God to provide volunteers, transportation and financial support to carry out this operation.