• Jogjakarta, Indonesia

About us

History of QuakeFund

QuakeFund is a small informal fund setup to bridge the gap between individuals and families wanting to help, and the disaster affected families and local grass roots organisations that assist them, in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.

QuakeFund gathers together funds from people who wish to assist, and channels them directly to projects in the field by using aid workers already there on the ground, working with other larger organisations, allowing us to operate on the “smell of an oily rag”.

As a small informal fund, QuakeFund covers all overheads and running costs ourselves, from the personal funds of the aid workers and volunteers who assist it, ensuring 100% of the funds that you donate go directly to those for whom they were intended. The fund is completely transparent about what we do and who we assist and is based on trust and the honesty of those working for it. Feel free to come and look at any of our projects or talk to anybody we assist, or more to the point to come and assist yourself in anyway you can.

Larger international aid organisations  spend much of their funds on international wages, airfares, internal audits, cross checks and complex reporting. At QuakeFund we choose rather to operate on trust and common sense.

If you are in anyway concerned or require more accountability then we recommend you donate to one of the many large organisations out there. As aid workers in the field we recommend such agencies as Oxfam, Caritas, Muslim Aid, or if you wish you can contact us directly for a list of the local agencies we work within any one disaster and donate directly to them.

QuakeFund focuses on:

a) Families whose particular needs may have been overlooked by other larger agencies.

b) Projects that provide a model or pilot for innovative solutions in assistance.

c) Local NGOs and community groups, who already have their overheads covered and could do more if they just had a bit more funds.

d) Projects that are truly worthy but for political, or other reasons may not receive funding.

QuakeFund tends to fund income generating, emergency shelter and water/sanitation projects, particularly those with a focus on under assisted minorities or more vulnerable members of society.

QuakeFund tends to NOT fund;

a) Orphanages, choosing rather to support single mothers and extended families to care for their children.

b) Food projects, choosing instead to fund livelihoods or agricultural support programs so families can buy their own food.

Mission and Philosophy

QuakeFund is committed to delivering effective disaster assistance at the grassroots

Effective aid calls for a fast, efficient and flexible approach that responds directly to community needs.  Yet too often international disaster assistance is highly inefficient, based on complex, inflexible and externally driven procedures leaving little room for local participation. To help remedy this situation, QuakeFund is committed to building links which allow international donors more directly support locally based strategic initiatives at the grass-roots level.

QuakeFund supports sustainable community-based solutions

Disaster response is about promoting sustainable, durable and culturally appropriate solutions in harmony with the desires of the local population. To be truly sustainable, disaster response must be well-suited to both the local physical environment but also the local cultural context. To ensure sustainability on every level, QuakeFund works closely with a range of local partners, providing a way for smaller community based initiatives to access funding and resources.

QuakeFund provides direct relief fast

With its expansive network of local partners, QuakeFund can quickly respond in the advent of sudden disasters as well as adapt to the changing needs within specific disaster affected communities. Being a small organization, QuakeFund also has the advantage of keeping red tape to a minimum. As such, QuakeFund makes it easy for anyone to make a real difference to disaster affected communities by providing simple but effective channels for international assistance.

QuakeFund embraces a down-to-earth approach to achieve more for less

QuakeFund ensures that every contribution counts by maintaining very low overheads and engaging in strategic, cost-effective and achievable grassroots projects. This is made possible through a direct and pragmatic approach to aid, along with the committed and energetic support of QuakeFund volunteers and private donors.

QuakeFund values local leadership and participation

The leadership and participation of those from within disaster affected communities is integral to any community based response. QuakeFund recognizes the potential from within communities to initiate their own solutions and realise their own development goals. To support communities in fully realising this potential QuakeFund works closely with a range of local partners who bring a depth of experience and local knowledge to disaster relief projects. This also helps to empowers local NGOs which have the right expertise but often lack financial and technical support.

QuakeFund practices flexibility and continuous learning

There is never a single solution to any given situation and QuakeFund has a policy of remaining open to new ideas and trialing different approaches. QuakeFund sees that each new challenge also presents an opportunity to share skills, build knowledge and to learn together with local communities.

QuakeFund sets realistic development goals

Starting small and simple is often the best way to build the trust in communities necessary to any sustainable recovery project. Rather than spread resources too thinly, QuakeFund makes strategic and informed decisions about where it can provide the most effective assistance based on the organisation’s past expertise and present resources. For examples of QuakeFund’s past projects see our work.

QuakeFund Origins

QuakeFund emerged in the aftermath of the Jogjakarta earthquake in 2006. Dave Hodgkin, a humanitarian worker managing coordination of the earthquake response for many months, received an overwhelming response from friends and family in Australia to help out victims of the earthquake. QuakeFund was set up as his personal side project through which to channel donations raised through these personal contributions and overseas fundraisings. Alongside Dave’s ongoing work in the disaster response, the donations were used to target the gaps in the largescale relief efforts of the major humanitarian agencies – to address the needs of families who missed out, for one reason or another, or had particular needs that were not able to be met. Initial assistance took form in the distribution of basic emergency necessities and temporary housing. In September 2007, QuakeFund sought to broaden activities to cover not only disaster response, but also recovery and rehabilitation projects, as well as initiate a network of donors, local NGOs and affected communities.