Sara Velasquez Sikakap, West Sumatra Sara Velasquez, Reporting Officer, Indonesia Sara Velasquez’s stories Indonesia: A bright idea for Indonesia's tsunami survivors Last night we spent the night at KM 37 in order to check on the families using the solar lights that we have distributed. Indonesia: Tsunami survivors are ready to live healthy Indonesia: Bulasat using community reconstruction kits to rebuild their church The other day, Mercy Corps and IOM teamed up to show ECHO some of the areas we have been working in. At 10 a.m. we met at KM 8, across the channel between Sikakap and South Pagai. We had two cars, and made our two-hour journey to Bulasat, located at KM 41. Indonesia: How many times a day do you turn on the water from the faucet? If you really noticed, how many times would it be? Indonesia: Apa kabar? Ke mana? When I was getting ready to come to Indonesia, I downloaded podcasts to start learning Bahasa Indonesia. The first thing I learned was "Apa kabar?” — literally “What’s news?” or, as translated by the podcast, “How are you?” Indonesia: The importance of washing your hands with soap The emergency response team here in the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands has been preparing for a hygiene promotion campaign for survivors, and today was their first day in action! Indonesia: One story from the night of the tsunami Note: this story comes from a tsunami survivor in the Mentawai Islands, where I am currently on an emergency assignment with the Indonesia Response Team. She asked me to share her account of what happened the night of the disaster. Indonesia: Preparation is empowerment There was an earthquake on Wednesday afternoon here in Indonesia's tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands. I’m not sure how big it was, but I was writing a report when all of a sudden the table started shaking. Indonesia: It takes courage to grow We were all awake at 6 A.M. on Saturday morning. For the next hour and a half, we were getting ready for our day, double-checking our task list and making sure everything was right. Then we were on our way to Sabeu Gung Gung to distribute household Kits to tsunami-affected families.