Juan Christie Juan Christie, Communications, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Indonesia Juan Christie’s stories Indonesia: A busy week for disaster preparedness Indonesia: Tapping the elders for a disaster preparedness team I travelled three hours from my home base in Padang, Indonesia to the city of Solok to check out the facilitator training for the Disaster Preparedness Teams (DPTs) held by Mercy Corps' PREPARE SumBar and our local partner, Jemari Sakato. Indonesia: Self-recollection on the ferry from Mentawai November 16 marked my one-year service anniversary with Mercy Corps West Sumatra. Indonesia: On the ground in tsunami-stricken Mentawai It had already been a week since our Director, Erynn Carter, asked me to prepare myself to conduct the Joint Need Assesment for our emergency earthquake and tsunami response in the Mentawai Islands Yet, the tropical cyclone that has been hampering the coasts of West Sumatra and the Mentawai Islan Indonesia: November for the better October was a busy month for Mercy Corps and for the people of West Sumatra. Indonesia: Working in all levels for better disaster risk reduction initiatives This Wednesday — October 13 — is International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. It's a day to focus on disaster preparedness and resilience. Indonesia: Smiles from Padang's orphans September 8, 2010 was the last day of working in Mercy Corps West Sumatra before the office closed for the Eid al Fitri, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan. I joined the Urban Team in distributing supplies to the orphanages in and around the city of Padang. Indonesia: Training of trainers opens the door for a new skill I usually did not go to trainings as either speaker or facilitator. I admit that public speaking is not my thing, be it speaking to five persons or bigger crowds.