Mount Ile Lewotolok Emergency Response

Help families evacuated due to Mount Ile Lewotolok's increased seismic activity in Lembata, East Flores Indonesia.

Nazava Bening XL
Water Filter
  • Eliminates bacteria, viruses, and parasites
  • Fresh tasting water with no odour
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Each ceramic candle filters 7,000 litres of water
Nazava Bening XL

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.

d.light A2
Solar Lantern
  • Most affordable solar lantern
  • Provide up tp 4 hours of bright light after a full charge
  • Equipped with integrated solar panel
d.light A2, the most affordable quality solar lantern

This project has been completed.
Thank you to all who contributed.


A surge of seismic activity at Mount Ile Lewotolok starting on the 9th of October 2017 resulted in authorities raising the volcano’s alert status to ‘siaga’ or level 3 (alert) from ‘waspada’ or level 2 (normal) on Monday the 10th of October, indicating a higher probability of eruption.

The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Lembata recorded at least five quakes from Monday, 10 October 2017 to Tuesday, 11 October 2017 with magnitudes ranging from 3.9 to 4.9 on the richter scale, causing people to flee from affected areas. In addition to damaged buildings, the 2.3-kilometer highway was also covered with large rocks, disrupting access to earthquake-affected villages. A total of 26 villages in Ile Ape and Ile Ape Timur sub-districts, located around Mount Ile Lewotolok were affected by the quake.

Kopernik team members in Lembata reported the urgency of the situation and the increasing number of evacuees. They notified us that 429 people are currently staying in a shelter located in the Lembata Regency Office. Of the 429 people, 123 are women and 38 are infants. Two of the women are pregnant and six are breastfeeding mothers.

How we can help: 

We are providing 22 Nazava XL water filters to provide clean and safe drinking water in the evacuation centre and 100 d.light A2 solar lights to provide a bright and reliable source of lighting in tents at night. We have also provided essential daily supplies for women with infants such as diapers and wet wipes as well as masks in case of eruption and tarpaulins for further shelter.

Who are we working with: 

Kopernik’s field team in Lembata are working together with The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Lembata to help distribute 22 Nazava Bening XL water filters, 100 d.light A2 solar lights and other essential emergency supplies and equipment to the families evacuated.


Given this is an emergency situation, Kopernik will distribute the technology for free.

Project timeframe: 
October 2017
Location :
Reaching 4,145 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

Technology distribution and local administrative work

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Amount
Costs associated with purchasing the water filters, solar lights, and basic emergency supply & equipment
Project Monitoring
Costs associated with project implementation, liaison with local partner and data collection and analysis
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

A huge Kopernik thank you to the people who pitched in $1,892.00