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Keep the Relief Effort Going:
Indonesian tourism rises to Acehs aid
Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta
 

Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta  
(17th Jan 2005)


INDONESIA Tourism Council (MPI) has set up an MPI Crisis Center and launched Raise Up for Aceh programme last weekend. The crisis centre is a permanent body under MPI, which will continue to raise funds for natural disasters in Indonesia.

Raise Up for Aceh is raising funds to support the Indonesia Psychology Association and the Department of Public Health in trauma rehabilitation for survivors of the tsunami in Aceh and North Sumatra.

Raise Up for Aceh executive chairman, Mr Rainier Daulay, said: “Of different options to help the people in Aceh and North Sumatra, we have chosen to support the Indonesia Psychology Association as rehabilitation for those psychologically-affected by the tragedy is the most difficult and takes the longest time to do.”

Indonesia Psychology Association chairman, Mr Rahmat Ismail, projected mental rehabilitation needed at least 10 years as it was not easy to find sponsorship to train volunteers and conduct counselling.

“Companies are usually interested when they could have their names printed in the banners or stickers, while there is no place to put them in mental rehabilitation. Therefore, I appreciate MPI for the initiative to assist this very important part of rehabilitation.”

Fund raising co-ordinator, Mr Satrijanto Tirtawisata, said: “In the first phase, which is between now and June, we are aiming at supporting them with three counselling mobile units and sending volunteers.”

The Crisis Center is opening a website (www.mpicrisiscenter.org) to report the fund raised and the distribution of the money, and Moore Stephens Public Accountant has been appointed auditor. For more information, e-mail info@mpicrisiscenter.org, or tel/fax: (62-21) 570-4980

 
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