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Aid for Indonesia

The Anthropology Club is fundraising for a charity called Aid for Indonesia to help the victims of the disastrous volcanic eruption in Central Java that began on October 25th.

After a long period of dormancy, Mount Merapi, located near the major city of Yogyakarta, began spewing ash, noxious gases, and debris at the end of October. While a mass evacuation was ordered, the eruption was more severe than initially anticipated and many who thought they were safe fell victim to the disaster.

The eruptions are ongoing, entering their fourth week now, and the death toll has risen to 270 There are now hundreds of injured and over 370,000 refugees who need supplies and help both to survive the eruptions and to rebuild their lives once Merapi finally settles down.

One of our own Anthropology Club members is especially connected to the natural disaster affecting Indonesia because she traveled abroad there and is particularly concerned about her host family and friends that live very close to the volcano.

The Anthropology Club will be asking for monetary donations throughout the academic year to send supplies to the refugees. A table will be set up in the student center periodically between the hours of 11am and 1pm to collect spare change, beginning the week of November 29.

We thank you for your generous donations! If you have any questions about donating, please contact Heather Christie (hrchri07@stlawu.edu), Lisa Piper (lvpipe09@stlawu.edu), or Lydia Horne (lrhorn09@stlawu.edu).