Lombok Emergency Response

Help families who have been evacuated due to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake on the island of Lombok by connecting them with shelter kits. 

Project Type

  • Technology Distribution
  • Customized Distribution Projects


A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Lombok on the evening of August 5, leaving hundreds injured and thousands of buildings collapsed.

More than 400 aftershocks were recorded following the main quake, with hundred of thousands fleeing their homes to seek temporary shelter, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said. The death toll from the quake is estimated at 560 as of afternoon Friday 24 August, with most fatalities caused due to falling rubble. The earthquake was felt in Bali, damaging dozens of homes on the neighboring island. 

Earlier on July 29, Lombok was hit by a 6.4-quake which killed 17 and injured hundreds.

Local authorities are currently focusing on the search and rescue efforts of residents affected by the quake as well as supplying basic needs. Current top needs include access to clean water, tarps, tents, and blankets, among others, according to BNPB.


As thousands of Lombok residents are displaced from their homes following the powerful earthquake, we are connecting them with 500 units of shelter kits to assist families and authorities in setting up temporary shelters. The kits comprise of tarps, mats, blankets, sarongs, saws, crowbars, scoops, hammers, nails, and rubber boots. We will be distributing the kits to two villages in East Lombok: Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbung, which have a population of 6,428 and 8,246 people, respectively.

We are also distributing basic needs supplies such as kitchen utensils, tarps, and rice to affected families in Ban village, Karangasem, Bali. At least 56 families in Ban village were reported to have lost their homes due to the earthquake.

In addition, we will also distribute urgently needed items such as tarps, educational toys, and story books to two temporary kindergarten schools in Dayah Rurung Barat, Sembalun Bumbung Village, East Lombok: TK Adat and TK Al-Darofina, which have 60 - 75 students combined.

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Following a field assessment in the first week after the powerful earthquake, Kopernik’s Emergency Response team decided to focus our support on two villages:Sembalun Bumbung (comprising 8 sub-villages) in East Lombok District and Salut village (comprising 9 sub-villages) in North Lombok District. The two villages were among the most severely damaged by the earthquake, however, relief efforts in these locations were still limited. Most IDPs in these two villages stayed in temporary shelters, either in group camps or individual camps near their damaged houses. There were 400 IDP camps in Sembalun Bumbung village and 136 IDP camps in Salut.

Kopernik responded by first collecting data from village heads and camp coordinators in the field, combined with firsthand accounts to identify the camps’ most urgent needs.

We delivered critical supplies urgently needed by affected communities, such as shelter kits, reconstruction kits, solar light, water tanks, and school kits for evacuees. We also supported public facilities, such as providing speaker system for kindergartens, as well as toys and education kits. In total, we reached an estimated of 14,674 people living in 400 camps in Sembalun Bumbung village, sub-districts Sembalun, East Lombok Regency and to 136 camps in Salut village, sub-districts Kayangan, North Lombok Regency. A breakdown of the support delivered by Kopernik is detailed below:

Shelter kits: A total of 100 kits, consisting of tarps, blanket, plastic mat, sarong and ropes, were distributed across 400 evacuation points (1 tarp is estimated to cover one household of four people).

Solar light: We distributed 100 units of solar lights as part of shelter kits to 400 evacuation points in Sembalun Bumbung village.

Reconstruction kits: A total of 447 kits - consisting of rip saw, hammer, slight hammer, hoe, shovel, crow bar, gloves - were distributed across 536 IDP location points, (1 kit is estimated to cover 1 working group of 8 people).

Water Tank: Two types of water tanks were distributed, totalling 54 units. The 550-liter water tanks were distributed to IDP camps and 1,100 liter water tanks were distributed to public facilities, such as Community Health Center/Pustu and Kindergarten schools

Toys and Education kits : A total of 12 packs of toys and education kits consisting of toys, drawing books, crayons, pencils, magic sand, Lego, wood puzzles, doctor set and tools set, were distributed to 10 kindergartens school in Sembalun and Salut

Speaker system for kindergarten: A total of 5 (five) speaker system units were distributed to kindergartens. The speakers support children’s outdoor recreational activity every Friday such as gymnastics, marching and learning to sing.

Schools kits: A package of books, pencil, pens, eraser, sharpener, were distributed for 100 junior high school students.

Kopernik also distributed basic supplies such as rice, cooking utensils, and tarps to families in Ban village, Karangasem, Bali who lost their homes as a result of the powerful earthquake, and supported the building of 22 temporary bamboo dwellings as well as 10 latrines in Tianyar village, Karangasem, Bali.

Thanks to the support of institutional and corporate donors, we were to achieve more than we initially planned while making some cost savings in our operations. The Lombok Emergency Response concluded as of December 2018, with a remainder of Rp 240 million. These funds were shifted to our emergency response efforts in Palu (Palu Emergency Response Phase Two) and in the Sunda Strait (Sunda Strait Tsunami Emergency Response).



Temporary School (including school kits)

Costs associated with 4 unit renovated / new temporary school comprising of costs of building's materials (wood, spandek, cement, sand, plywood, pipes, etc.), meals for communities, distribution costs of materials, school kits and monev costs.


Reconstruction Kits

Costs associated with purchasing 500 units of reconstruction kits comprising of rip saw, hammer, shovel, crowbar, slede hammer, hoe and gloves


Distribution and Monitoring Cost

Costs associated with transportation, labor, liaison with local partners, and data collection and analysis


Payment Processing Fee

Cost of transferring payments internationally and processing online donations (5%)


Administration Fee

A contribution to Kopernik's operational costs (15%)


Total $55,839

Kopernik Solutions provided a sub-grant to a trusted partner organisation who is implementing this project.