Cipanas Earthquake Humanitarian Relief – Final Report

As YUM is located within the affected area, they were able to support the community affected by the earthquake for a longer period of time.


In November 2022, a devastating earthquake struck Cipanas in West Java, Indonesia, with a magnitude of 5.6. This report highlights the comprehensive 10-month humanitarian relief project conducted by Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) in the aftermath of this disaster.

As a contributor to this campaign, we are proud to present the significant impact achieved during this period.
Dharma Care donors provided $8,152 to our appeal within 3 weeks during Dec 2022.   

The Disaster’s Impact

The earthquake resulted in over 330 casualties, 7,729 injuries, 114,683 displaced survivors, and extensive damage to over 62,000 homes. It was the deadliest earthquake in Indonesia since 2018. In the following months, over 100,000 people found shelter in makeshift tents, enduring the rainy season and facing challenges in accessing clean water.

YUM’s Response

YUM, with over 45 years of experience in Cipanas, was uniquely positioned to provide long-term support to the affected community.

In total, close to 8,600 people in over 2,500 households including 1,525 children, 389 elderly, 24 pregnant women, 204 babies, 23 people with disabilities, and over 350 students across 3 schools have benefited directly from the support that was given.

Their response can be divided into several key areas:

On-the-Ground Assessments: YUM conducted continuous assessments and surveys to identify evolving community needs, focusing on families with specific vulnerabilities.

Distribution of Basic Needs: Relief kits, including food, hygiene products, and vitamins, were distributed to over 2,600 households, benefiting more than 8,500 individuals.

Capacity Building and Trauma Healing: YUM provided psychosocial support training to local staff and community members. Trauma healing sessions reached 740 children, helping them cope with the emotional aftermath of the earthquake.

School Support: YUM supported 100 school-age children from vulnerable families by providing school uniforms, enabling them to return to school and regain a sense of normalcy.

School Repairs: YUM identified two severely damaged schools and assisted in repairing classrooms, allowing 254 students to resume their studies in safer environments.

Repairs of Vocational Training Center Building: The building housing YUM’s vocational training programs was repaired to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Testimonials from the Field

Numerous community members expressed their gratitude for the support they received, from food and basic necessities to psychosocial services and assistance for students. The relief efforts had a profound impact on their lives and helped them on the path to recovery.

“Firstly, on behalf of the Ciherang Kaler community, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all the support and assistance which includes food, basic necessities, supplies for infants, and even financial support.  Prior to this, our community faced great difficulties, both in terms of food and other essentials, due to the impact of the earthquake.  The support we received has made a significant difference in the lives of those affected by the earthquake here. Our situation is gradually improving.  My heartlfelt gratitude once again for the support”   

Pak Dadang, head of community association (RW) at Ciherang Kaler, Pacet sub-district.

“In the aftermath of the earthquake, nearly all our residents suffered significant losses, including their homes, possessions, and jobs.   At that time, we felt immensely supported with all the assistance and donations, ranging from the needs of pregnant women to the elderly.
Therefore, on behalf of the residents of RW 01 in Ciputri Village, Pacet Sub-district, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the support.”

Pak Anwar, chair of community association at Tunggilis, Pacet sub-district 

A Big Thank You 

The Cipanas earthquake created significant challenges for the affected community. Yayasan Usaha Mulia’s 10-month humanitarian relief project made a substantial difference in the lives of thousands of people. By addressing immediate needs and providing long-term support, YUM’s efforts helped rebuild shattered lives and communities. This report serves as a testament to the impact that collective contributions can have in times of crisis, ultimately offering hope and recovery to those in need.

Cipanas Earthquake Humanitarian Relief – Final Report

Acknowledgement of YUM’s incredible response.

Dharma Care would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) for their invaluable contributions and tireless efforts in response to the Cipanas earthquake. YUM’s dedication to supporting the affected community has had a profound impact on countless lives during this challenging time.

As an organisation dedicated to the well-being and care of our community, we are deeply appreciative of the comprehensive relief, psychosocial support, and assistance for school-age children provided by YUM. Their commitment to addressing immediate needs, fostering emotional healing, and supporting the education of vulnerable students has made a significant difference in our community’s recovery and rebuilding process.

The testimonies from community members speak volumes about the positive impact of YUM’s work. Their support has offered hope, comfort, and strength to those who needed it the most. YUM’s role in facilitating the recovery process is commendable, and Dharma Care are honoured to have been a part of this collaborative effort.

We look forward to continued partnership with Yayasan Usaha Mulia as we all collectively strive to make a lasting difference in the lives of those affected by such devastating events.

Thank you to all our Dharma Care donors who contributed so generously and swiftly to this hugely successful program of support