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Helping victims of earthquakes and tsunamis

BEATS is principally working in Indonesia partnering with two organisations, YACAN & YASAH, who run Children's Homes. YSI is running disaster preparedness training courses. The links below will lead you to information on these organisations and their work. For more information about BEATS, see the 'About BEATS' page.

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Early in 2020, the Indonesian government decided to more than double the minimum wage of all school teachers in North Sumatra. BEATS currently pay the salaries of all the High School teachers at YASAH Children's Home School (known locally as Anastasia School) and the staff at the YACAN Children's Home. The rise in salaries has left BEATS with a quarterly shortfall of approximately £5,750. Please consider helping support this valuable work; by contributing to teachers salaries you will be helping to give scores of children a good quality education. See our 'Sponsor Teachers' page for more information. Photos: (left)3 of the YACAN students who graduated in September 2019 with some of the staff, and (right) a Senior High School lesson at YASAH school.

An earthquake in Ambon (Eastern Indonesia) in September 2019 damaged and destroyed many dwellings and made them uninhabitable. People have been living in tents or shacks for the last 7-8 months; the onset of the rainy season has added to their difficulties due to leaking structures and the threat of flooding. The Covid-19 lock-down has prevented many from earning any income, so there is also a risk of starvation. BEATS is partnering with a contact to provide food parcels, tarpaulins and plywood. Please donate now so that we can continue to help these poor people who are in a desperate situation. See the Other Areas Page for more information and pictures.

YACAN grow crops at the children's home to supplement their diet; the boys show us around their vegetable garden in this video

To learn about the effects of the global pandemic on our projects in Indonesia Click here for a Covid 19 update, last updated 11/07/2020. See video (right) of the YACAN children doing their school work on the 11th May.

Saut Gultom, one of the staff at YACAN Children's Home, visited the UK between 18th September and 2nd October. He met many of the sponsors and was able to give them an insight into daily life at the home and also information on individual children. He gave his personal testimony at Holy Trinity Church, Bosham (photo left), and is seen (photo right) with BEATS' trustee Tim Hitchings.

Give to BEATS using a bank transfer, get the details via the link above or 'click here'. Cheques can be made payable to 'BEATS' (UK sterling only), and sent to Mrs S Page (BEATS), 47, Arnold Way, Bosham W. Sussex PO18 8NJ. If you have not already done so download, complete and return a Gift Aid form if you pay tax; BEATS will receive an extra 25% from the government at no extra cost to you.

The personal nature of the relationships between BEATS and its partner organisations enables sponsors to communicate easily with those they sponsor. The children and teachers alike really appreciate receiving letters, as can be seen in the adjoining photographs. Click on the links above to find out how to sponsor a child or teacher.

Sponsor teachers at YASAH Children's Home The photo on the right is Year 10. Sponsor Teachers

Sponsor a child at YACAN Children's Home. YACAN home-school up to Year 8 (left) Sponsor a Child

Note: BEATS will always strive to ensure that donations are used as requested, but reserve the right to allocate them elsewhere should circumstances dictate.

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