Sat, December 1, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

Residence of the Ambassador of Indonesia
2700 Tilden St NW
Washington, DC 20008

On September 28, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in Sulawesi (Indonesia), followed by a tsunami, with waves up to 20 feet high.

It is estimated to have killed more than 2,000 people, displaced 80,000, and destroyed nearly 70,000 houses, schools and hospitals. Entire villages have been decimated (UNHCR).

In Washington DC, two non-profits — ILUNI-USA Chapter and Indonesia Relief USA — are working together to help with this massive recovery effort, with the support of the Embassy of Indonesia.



Proceeds of the fundraising event will provide temporary homes for families displaced by the tsunami in Sulawesi. A collaborative effort of University of Indonesia (UI) architecture and engineering faculty and alumni has pioneered a modular unit, using earthquake-resistant materials and design, that can later be repurposed to create market stalls, community centers or even clinics (see specifications below). These modular units have been successfully used in Lombok, following the earthquake in August.

Construction and delivery will be managed by UI PEDULI (“UI Cares”), a program under the University of Indonesia and its alumni association. Each unit is projected to cost under $900. Construction takes one or two days, led by a contractor and assisted by local residents. Such fast results help survivors build confidence in their resilience.

UI Peduli (UI Cares) is a partnership network of over 400,000 UI alumni and faculty, created to respond to natural disasters effectively and efficiently. Working with medical school faculty, local alumni assist and coordinate relief efforts in their own area, supported by fundraising by other alumni chapters (such as ILUNI USA).


Temporary housing specifications:

  • Each unit is approximately 8’ by 10’; floors are at least half a foot above the ground
  • Materials: Hollow steel, plywood, light gauge steel frame, zinc-aluminum roof panel, plus locally sourced materials and salvaged materials from debris
  • Large doors, easily opened; cross ventilation
  • Five-year (or more) lifespan
  • Adaptable in combination to form meeting places, clinic, etc.