Elpido Soplantila’s stories
Indonesia: Let the children enjoy the world
It is almost midnight here in Ambon, Indonesia. I’m about going to sleep but I realized that I haven’t visited the Mercy Corps Blog today. Since morning I was too busy at the office completing some work and didn't have any chance to do my everyday ritual — reading the blog.
Indonesia: My six years with Mercy Corps
It has been raining all night long; even when I heard my alarm rang at 6 a.m. sharp, the rain was still pouring outside. I couldn’t think of anything more than staying under my blanket and trying to sleep again. I wish today was the weekend but, unfortunately, it's not.
Indonesia: Lead them to a better future
I started my day with a cup of tea while reading a local newspaper, Padang Ekspres, this morning. The headline for today’s edition read “70 percent of the business economy is destroyed.”
Indonesia: Your help means a lot
Today Mercy Corps has done a lot.
Indonesia: We won't stop now
I wasn't joking when I wrote in my previous blog post that Padang is one of my favorite holiday destinations. So it was amazing this morning as I drove with our emergency response team to Pesisir Selatan district and saw the beautiful white sandy beaches along the coast.
Indonesia: How can you help earthquake survivors?
Today I visited Ulakan village for the second time and, again, I saw many worried faces among the survivors in earthquake-affected communities. Tents fashioned from tarpaulins and plastic bags are still standing in front of their houses, makeshift homes for entire families.
Indonesia: Excited to help
I finally arrived in Padang four days after the earthquake struck the western part of Sumatra Island. I've lived in a few parts of Indonesia, yet have never been here before. However, I always wished to visit this place to enjoy its natural beauty and tourist hospitality.
Indonesia: Paying the Bills
It's never been harder to make a living in the crowded, open-sewered slums of North Jakarta.
Indonesia: Rebuilding Peace by Piece
Hunut village, Maluku, Indonesia - Tjak Tohata was getting used to staying in a barn. For almost eight years, the 62-year-old man, his wife and their five children lived in a small shelter that was formerly to house cows.
Indonesia: Yanda's Healing Words