As many as 30 students UGM established shelters for survivors of Lombok earthquake in Gumantar area of Kayangan. The village that has 16 hamlets with 6,366 population has high impact of disaster that damaged public facilities, schools, and worshipping houses.
UGM students carried out a number of community services to rebuild the village in social, medical, and infrastructure. Team member, Adam Chaesar, said the students constructed a simple temporary school for children because the school buildings were destroyed and the teachers were absent.
“So, we ask the school children to learn together as well as doing trauma healing,” said Adam on Thursday (6/9).
They divided the schooling in two sessions at 8 and 10 a.m. Adam said they did not give the regular school materials to the children but fun learning.
As has been widely reported, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Lombok on 5 August 2018 and 7.0 on 19 August 2018, followed by numerous after-schocks that destroyed infrastructures, water channels and other public facilities. Survivors living in makeshift tents lack of clean water due to the damaged infrastructure. “We are repairing the water and sanitation facilities,” he said.
Separately, Head of Community Service Sub-directorate of UGM, Dr. Ambar Kusumandari, said during the project that had run for two weeks the students had collected data of public health.”In average, they find respiratory diseases and scabies among the survivors,” she said.
Medical students also made home visits to the residents to examine their health periodically. “In addition, the students set up a 24-hour clinic,” she added.
Ambar said on Monday (3/9) the student community service location in Gumantar was visited by chairman of Kagama alumni association, Ganjar Pranowo. There they established Kagamacare station. Ganjar inspired the students and volunteers to collaborate with the affected community. “He expected the programme to be implemented sustainably,” she said.