1 February 2005: Eddie


Here is a flavor of my work detail... email text from the LDS country
director out of Jakarta...

Eddie,
Visited with Aaron at hospital this evening and he's doing well.  Eric will fly to
Banda Aceh on Monday morning.  Aaron mentioned that you have someone who is
willing to possibly donate materials for fishing boat construction -- that would be a
blessing.  One of the villages/resettlement places we visited appears to have the
room for a possible construction site (I think their boat construction person might
have been taken by the tsunami).  It was the site where they may also make bricks
-- Surya Arsyad would know and also could help find an expert that could oversee
the work of boat construction.  We do have a bid for 15 boats at approximately
$525 per boat (20 hp diesel engine, 10 meter wood boat, 3-4 man crew) but they
will take 12 weeks for construction.  Another
possibility is finding used boats further down the island from areas where tsunami
did
not cause such serious damage.  We may also explore foreign mfgrs such as
China where shipment might be immediate.  We would like to get at least a few
boats to some of the settlements to invite hope for the future.  Did you get to visit
UN meeting?  Are there people at UN or Indonesian Government level that are
addressing the fishing boat issue?  If you learn anything please let us know.  Also,
we received a call today from Ministry of Health asking for more body bags or black
plastic rolls.  We are working on securing some from Medan and trucking it to
Banda Aceh, but we have never had final confirmation that 20,000 bags we sent
via DHL were ever picked up at the harbor.  They sent them by vessel from Jakarta
(originally came from China where the Church purchased them and shipped them
by air to Jakarta).  If you or Surya can find time to go to the harbor and determine
whether they ever arrived or were picked up it would be helpful.  The consignee on
the shipment was "POSKO TERPADU BANDA ACEH" and the shipment should be
labeled with both The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and China
Charity Federation.  DHL Tracking numbers on 4 lots were: 194-3861-710 and 824
and 754 and 743 (first seven numbers are the same).  Should have arrived
between 11 and 15 January, but POSKO may have never received them.  If found
they should be delivered directly to the POSKO and brought to our attention and to
the attention of Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare, Alwi Shihab.  Surya
knows where his office is.  I don't want to burden you with these kind of things, but
at this point this is a critical need in Banda Aceh. I'll stay in touch.  Thanks for all
you are doing.
Elder Palmer
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