On 28 September 2018, a series of strong earthquakes struck Central Sulawesi. One of the earthquakes also triggered a tsunami whose waves reached up to three meters in some areas, striking Talise beach in Palu and Donggala. More than 2.000 people have lost their lives and around 65.000 houses have been severely damaged or destroyed, leaving around 330.000 people without shelter. Most of them are now living in temporary displacement camps where there is a lack of hygiene as well as medicine.
The Salvation Army runs a hospital and several schools in the affected area of Central Sulawesi. Right after the earthquakes struck, The Salvation Army started providing medical support and trauma counselling to victims through setting up mobile clinics in the surrounding areas. The local medical team has an ambulance which they use for these mobile clinics, however it is very old. That is why another ambulance was transferred to Palu from Makassar on a temporary basis but needs to be returned soon. To continue supporting the area of Central Sulawesi through mobile clinics, The Salvation Army therefore provided a new ambulance to be used for the mobile clinics. When there is no need for the mobile clinics anymore, it can continue to assist the ongoing operation of the hospital.