There are thousands of families who live on, and around, Mount Agung Volcano in Bali that have been forced to evacuate their homes and are currently staying in temporary evacuation camps. Evacuation camps are desperate for critical supplies, including food, medical supplies, air masks, clothing and more.
Who are We?
Hey I'm Emilio Kuzma-Floyd and I'm a photographer from Melbourne Australia (Eyes of a Nomad). On the 26th November 2017 I witnessed the phreatic eruption of Mount Agung and captured photos and videos that quickly, and unexpectedly, went viral.
In the 24 hours, millions of people saw my photos and videos on my own channels as well as on news channels around the country (including CNN, BBC, ABC, Newsweek, The Discovery Channel, Time Magazine and the NY times).
I want to make the most of this opportunity to try and raise awareness, and desperately needed funds, for the people who need it most -- the families who have been evacuated from their homes and are terrified that of what full blown eruption could mean for their communities long term.
While much of the media attention is focused on tourists stuck at the airport for a few extra days I want to bring the attention back to the real issue. A delayed or cancelled flight in an inconvenience. For these families this is their whole lives.
I also wanted to add Tina May (Swinkels) my partner of 10 years to this is fund-raising campaign as she has been working just as hard as I have on this cause, emailing, taking phone calls and organising, while still working on her day job. Cant thank her enough for all the support!
This afternoon (Nov 28th), my partner and I will taking a car load (or two depending on how quickly we can raise funds) directly to the evacuation camp in Amed, managed by Team Action for Amed operating under the registered charity Rumah Sehat. We'll be interviewing families and volunteers on the ground and distributing the footage to anyone who will cover it.
We will be buying:
- gas masks to protect volunteers and local families in the area from inhaling the volcanic ash fumes
- water filters to purify any contaminated water
- food supplies (including rice, beans, cooking oil and other non-perishables)
WHERE WILL THE MONEY IS GOING:
100% of the donations that we receive will be used in one of three ways:
- to purchase essential supplies and deliver them directly to evacuation camps around Bali
- donations to Team Action for Amed & Amed Bali First Aid P3K
- donations to the Bali Street Kids Project
I will keep all receipts of everything purchased or donated and will share with anyone who is interested.
No funds raised will be used towards any personal expenses, including but not limited to hiring a driver to deliver the supplies, accomodation or meals for myself, etc.
ABOUT TEAM ACTION FOR AMED
We are a team of committed locals and expats that came together to better aid the evacuees through the crisis of Agung. Pooling our talents has enabled us to work more efficiently to provide the best possible aid we can.
We are authorized to collect and distribute donations under Yayasan Peduli Alam - Rumah Sehat a registered foundation in the area.
For more information about what we do or how to volunteer, please contact Michele Yoga through our Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/teamactionforamed/
ABOUT BALI STREET KIDS PROJECT
Bali Street Kids Project protects vulnerable children in Indonesia with shelter, healthcare, and more. Since Mt Agung became active in September 2017, BSPK has taken in refugees providing support with food, housing, and other necessities. We are a registered NGO 501(c3) non-profit under the name of Hand by Hand International.
To contact directly visit their website http://ykpa.org/
I completely understand people wanting to get to know us a bit better before donating.
Connect with Emilio Kuzma-Floyd
Connect with Tina May Swinkels