Before the ending of year 2018, CREST received a recognition from The Brand Laureate CSR Brandleadership Awards 2018. We were pleasantly surprised to receive the nomination letter and to this day we still wonder how we had achieved it. This award and the honor of receiving it goes to all our founders; current and former Executive Directors, Board of Directors, staffs, donors, supporters and volunteers who have contributed to CREST in the past 20 years. Without your support, hard work and contributions, CREST would not have gone this far.
After our first relief team returned in October 2018, CREST has contacted by few Malaysian NGOs and a Foundation for possible coorpreation in rebuilding transiltional shelters. With the help from our local partners, a team of 6 presentative from 2 NGOs and 1 from Foundation has visited Palu & Sigi for protential projects and receipients.
1. Establish a local coordination center in Palu.
2. Assessment on the location for transiltional shelters.
3. Meeting with the fisherman for possible livelihood project.
4. Provide proposal and plan for protential donors.
10 November 2018, Brickfields Kuala Lumpur – CREST has conducted a total of 18 trainings and workshops across Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and China this year. Our last one for the year was done together with Tamil Methodist Church, Brickfields.
23 participants attended this 1-day training and we look forward to more training for the Tamil speaking community. Empowering them that one day, they may conduct the training in their mother tongue.
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.