AN ACOCKS Green woman is delivering emergency aid in Sumatra, following the major earthquake which struck at the start of the month.
Sharon O’Keefe is working with ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity, to help the hundreds of families who were left homeless in the wake of the tremor.
“The whole experience has been incredibly humbling. It’s been tough and upsetting to see how badly the earthquake has affected the people of Sumatra,” she said.
“Their homes, livelihoods and loved ones have all gone – my heart goes out to them. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do what I can for them by providing shelter, warmth and dignity with ShelterBox.”
The thirty-one-year-old volunteer added that three weeks since the disaster, there are still many people in need of help.
In remote villages, the problem is particular serious and many people remain stranded. There are still regular landslides and the conditions are made worse by the torrential rain which continues to pound the island.
Shelterbox, based down in Cornwall, has been working closely with the US Navy and Australian Air Force to make sure that the essentials are getting to the most rural areas.
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