On 8-11 July 2019, IDEP partnered with YPAL Poso to organize the Earthquake-Safe House training for 14 construction builders in Jono Oge village, Sigi, Central Sulawesi. The builders were also inhabitants of the village, which is one of the most affected areas shocked by the 7.4 M earthquake and liquefaction in September last year. Nearly 80% of the buildings in this area were heavily damaged. There was even one hamlet that sank by liquefaction, which forced its inhabitants to evacuate permanently.
The training is part of the post-disaster recovery program that IDEP and YPAL Poso are running in Central Sulawesi. Through this training, the local builders were trained to have the knowledge and skills to build the earthquake-safe building. In addition, this is also one way to encourage the community to be able to support village recovery. In another way, this training also creates economic opportunities for the builders.
In the training facilitated by Gde Sugiarta from IDEP, the builders were invited to learn about the technical concepts of earthquake-safe house. The material covers, for example, what kind of building structures which can reduce the risk of earthquake and how to build it. They were even invited to directly practice to build an earthquake-safe house for one family who lost their house due to the earthquake last September. At the end of the day, they were also equipped with earthquake-safe modules which they can use forever.
Starting next month, they will lead the construction of 100 units of earthquake-safe shelters called Hunian Bertumbuh (Growing Shelters) that have been prepared for 100 families in Jono Oge. Hunian Bertumbuh, often abbreviated as Huber, is a decent shelter model that is enough to accommodate a family. This is an advanced part of the post-disaster recovery programs mentioned earlier. This Huber is intended for families whose house were severely damaged and have not yet received temporary shelter from the government or third parties. Huber is a 6×5 meters shelter consisting of two bedrooms and one family room.
Thank you to Medico International for supporting this program. (Ed)