Learning Center in Lombok, Indonesia
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok this summer 2018, followed by more than 1,500 aftershocks. The National Disaster Management Agency estimated there are more than 500 deaths and hundreds more people injured as the result. According to the agency, more than 430,000 people have been displaced from their homes. About 95% of buildings have been destroyed in the north including educational facilities, leaving thousands of children with trauma and limited safe place for them to study.
As a response to these earthquakes, ASU School of Sustainability will focus on children education to build resilient and sustainable community. We plan to build an after-school learning center for children to complement their education with Gumantar (North Lombok regency) as the village model.
ASU will start sending students to Gumantar village for this project in Summer 2019. We will prepare an innovative teaching material and introduce it to the local impacted community in Gumantar. Moreover, the proposed learning center will be built using earthquake resistant technology that uses local sustainable materials. As we want the local communities gain large impact from this project, ASU team will collaborate with the local governments in North Lombok regency and some local partners such as University of Mataram (UNRAM), University of Muhammadyah Mataram (UMM), and Center for Environmental Studies in Mataram (CFES).
ASU needs support and funding to run this project, especially for building the facilities and sending students to the project site. In addition, student would be able to study the affected area and initiate research projects related to sustainable development which may benefit the local community. Your support through this project will bring a huge impact and make a difference in the Lombok community.