Samoa, Sumatra: How you can help

Several Australian-based aid agencies are helping with relief operations in Samoa and Sumatra in the wake of the tsunami and earthquakes.


Most of these agencies are calling for donations to victims of the natural disasters. Here’s a list of some and how to donate to them.

Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières has teams on the ground evaluating the medical needs of people in Samoa and Sumatra. Call 1300 13 60 61 or click here to donate online.

Oxfam Australia

Oxfam is sending additional emergency staff and supplies to respond both to Wednesday night’s deadly earthquake in Sumatra and the tsunami in Samoa. Call 1800-088-011 or click here to donate online to their ‘International Crisis Fund’.

World Vision Australia

World Vision Australia has an appeal for Sumatra, Samoa, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which were all hit by natural disasters over the last week. Click here to donate.

Save the Children

Save the Children has sent two aid workers to the tsunami disaster zone in Samoa, and one aid worker to quake-ravaged Sumatra. Call 1800 760 011 or click here to donate online.


Caritas Australia

Caritas is accepting donations to the Indonesia Emergency Appeal and says once immediate needs are met will focus on the long term rehabilitation of the affected populations. Call 1800-024-413 or click here donate online

Australian Red Cross

The Red Cross says it’s running evacuation centres in the earthquake-ravaged Indonesian city of Padang, providing medical assistance, delivering relief supplies and providing experienced search and rescue teams. Click here for more information

SurfAid International

SurfAid has launched an Emergency Response Appeal to help the people of Padang who were hit by the earthquake. Click here to donate online

Muslim Aid Australia Click here to donate online


Red Cross Australia

The Australian Red Cross has an appeal for Samoa and Tonga, which were both hit by tsunamis. Call 1800-811-700 or click here to donate online

Caritas Australia

Caritas says delivery of water and food in Samoa is urgent and there’s a danger of stocks running out. Call 1800-024-413 or click here to donate online.

NRL Samoa Tsunami Initiative

The NRL is organising an emergency relief response for the victims of the tsunami in Samoa. For more information please contact Rugby league star Nigel Nagana on 02-9339-8500 or go the NRL website.


Prayer gathering

The Samoan and Tongan community in Melbourne will hold a prayer gathering on October 7 at 7pm at the Betula Park Reserve, 144 Kidds Road, Doveton, Victoria, where the Backyard Rugby project (partnership between Victoria Police and Victoria Rugby Union) meet to train.

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