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    25 homes, mosque ready for tsunami-hit Indonesians

    James Kon

    The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) officially handed over 25 housing units (Hunian Tetap – Huntap) and a mosque to Palu City, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia in a ceremony held via video conference recently.

    The contribution under Phase II of the ASEAN Village project was made possible courtesy of the people of Brunei Darussalam.

    Under Phase I, 75 Huntap units were handed over on April 16, 2020; 31 of which were funded by Brunei Darussalam. This brings the Sultanate’s total contribution to 56 Huntap units and a 200-capacity mosque.

    The Brunei community’s eagerness to donate to the project demonstrates concern and a sense of solidarity with the Central Sulawesi populace displaced by the 2018 earthquake and tsunami.

    The ASEAN Village construction project is co-funded by Brunei Darussalam, the Republic of the Philippines and Australia.

    An overview of the housing units and the mosque

    The recent contribution brings the total number of Huntap units for disaster victims under the ASEAN Village to 100.

    The Sulawesi Humanitarian Disaster Fund which was open to the public from October 2018 to January 2019 raked in BND545,955.61. This fund was channelled in two phases to the AHA Centre for the ASEAN Village project.

    Building the 31 Huntap units cost BND272,000, while the 25 Huntap units and a mosque carried a price tag of BND273,955.61.

    During the handover ceremony, the AHA Centre and the Palu City mayor expressed gratitude to the Brunei government and its people, for helping to provide permanent dwellings for displaced families.

    The relocation of these families to the permanent residences is also aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 infections.

    Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to ASEAN in Jakarta; senior officials from the Community Development Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; and the National Disaster Management Centre officials witnessed the handover ceremony via video conference.

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