A Barnstaple family have launched an appeal to help Indonesian friends made homeless in a devastating earthquake on Sunday.
Alison Stringer and Erwan Manansyah have a holiday home on the Indonesian island of Lombok, which has been hit by two quakes in less than two weeks.
Erwan comes from Lombok and in fact left just before the most recent 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the island.
The couple and their children Ellen, 17, and Laura, 13, are still desperately trying to find out what has happened to friends and extended family on Lombok, where the death toll has already risen above 100.
In particular they want to help their housekeeper and dear friend Ranim, whose house has been destroyed, leaving her and her husband plus their two sons and their wives and three grandchildren all homeless.
Hundreds of tourists have been evacuated from the island and rescuers are still combing the wreckage, but Alison said to their knowledge everyone in their family is okay.
The Manansyah family have known Ranim for more than 13 years and she is more a friend than an employee – when she needed kidney dialysis treatment they paid for it until it was available through the government health service.
Alison said: “They are all on low incomes and have no savings.
“My husband and I will give a substantial sum to help rebuild the house but we need to raise some extra to rebuild it properly.”
The cost will probably be less than £10,000, but she said they would put whatever money was needed towards it to ensure the house was built.
If their appeal is successful they hope to extend help to other people in the rural village where they and Ranim live.
The Barnstaple family usually stay on Lombok for one month a year and in fact were on the island when the last earthquake struck just over a week ago at 6.49am.
Alison said: “That was reported as being a huge and dangerous earthquake, people were killed, but this recent one was much much worse.
“We experienced another earthquake in 2004 and that was awful, but this was the biggest one that has ever hit Lombok. What they don’t tell you is that the aftershocks just keep on coming, for hours and even days afterwards.”
If you would like to help the family help their friend Ranim and other villagers, you can donate online at http://bit.ly/ranimjustgiving .