Palu's Community News


disaster-relief-alert.png Update on Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia


On Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:02pm, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, triggering a tsunami. At last report, more than 2,000 people have been counted dead and over 4,600 injured, while approximately 1,300 remain missing and more than 222,000 are displaced.

World Vision has programs in the area, and the Palu community, where Canadians sponsor 2,000 children, has been impacted. At this time, over 95% of sponsored children in the region have been accounted for. We are deeply saddened that some of our sponsored children’s lives have been impacted. Please join us in mourning their loss and praying for their families.

•  Over 1,000 children have been receiving regular psychological support at child-friendly spaces set up by World Vision.
•  More than 900 families have benefited from food distributions.
•  Over 600 families have received shelter and hygiene kits.
•  More than 500 families now have clean water.

World Vision has been working rigorously to provide support to those in need—particularly children and mothers—reaching over 17,000 people with nutrition, child protection, water, sanitation and shelter assistance.

Donate now to help vulnerable children and their families affected by this crisis with life-saving essentials like food, hygiene kits and more.

World Vision is continuing to work alongside the government, providing immediate needs for the most affected children and families with a special focus in health, nutrition and children protection.

All regular sponsorship activities, such as sponsor correspondence, Special Gifts and sponsor visits, have been put on hold in Palu until further notice.

For more information, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.


Community Updates

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Palu community is named after Palu City, the capital city of Central Sulawesi Province. It's located on the mouth of the Palu River, at the head of a long, narrow bay. Unfortunately, the area is prone to disasters, and is affected by earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, strong winds, and drought. There are only two seasons: rainy and dry. Temperatures average 32℃ in the rainy season and 37℃ in the dry.

Community infrastructure, such as roads, telecommunications, and major institutions, is scarce. Unreliable electricity causes frequent blackouts and many homes do not have power. Many families lack access to health care centres, schools, and clean water sources. The major source of income is field labour, where farmers grow crops like corn, cassava, and coconut. The average annual income of a family is $500, which is not sufficient to meet basic needs. There is a need not only more jobs, but for a greater variety of income-generating activities.
Child Protection
  • 14 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 158 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 2 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 300 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 4,118 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 258 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 100 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 2,000 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 34 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 464 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 80 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Engage parents in the educational process, and provide information about the importance of education for their children.
  • Form children's groups to provide students with extra support from their peers, as well as encourage experiential learning, life skills development, and building self-confidence.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Raise awareness at the local and government levels to ensure that mothers and children can access quality health care.
  • Teach mothers about the importance of registering their babies for birth certificates and the steps required in the process.

Community Leadership
In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Build and strengthen communication networks to help reduce disaster-associated risks and protect more lives.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Establish more clean water sources that are closer to families homes. Improve water resource management in the community to ensure sustained clean drinking sources.
  • Educate community members about safe water practices and the importance of hygiene.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Palu can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Build and strengthen new and existing networks for the marketing of local products and services.
  • Provide vocational training to parents who desire to learn a trade.
  • Train parents in basic household financial management. Increase the number and variety of income-generating activities in the community to help families earn a sustainable living.

Explore Palu

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Palu

There is much room for improvement in children's education in the Palu community. Many students do not pursue education past the elementary level, and indigenous children are particularly vulnerable to dropping out. Some do not attend school at all for various reasons, including a long commute, financial difficulties, and a lack of awareness of its importance. Without a proper education, children do not fully develop essential life skills and their self-confidence suffers.

Health Care
Pregnant mothers and children under the age of five need improved access to health care. Prenatal health measures help ensure that children are given a strong start in life, and their first five years are considered the most critical in terms of their healthy development. Mothers and children in Palu do not currently receive the attention they require.

Many children are not registered for birth certificates, which means that they do not have a legal identity, and are unable to exercise their right to certain services, like health care.

Community Leadership
When natural disasters strike, the wellbeing of children in Palu is put at risk. This community is particularly prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, strong winds, and drought, and lacks the necessary organization and leadership to respond effectively to emergencies.

Water and Sanitation
Many children and families living in the Palu community do not have access to safe, clean water. In addition to this lack of access, there is a low level of awareness about the importance of sanitation and hygiene. As a result, waterborne and communicable diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A are comon.

Economic Development
It is hard for many families living in the Palu community to meet their basic needs. The local job market needs to be diversified and better agricultural practices and training are required to produce more profitable yields. There is a general lack of skilled labourers, so vocational training is needed as well.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Palu,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.