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Community Recovery Cash Grant: Responding to the shelter, food security and livelihood needs to enable early recovery of earthquake affected people in Sumatra, Indonesia

March 2010 — By Loreto Palmaera

This document gives a technical review of the activities and outstanding issues pertaining to the implementation of Oxfam’s recovery cash grant distribution in response to the 2009 earthquake in West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Following the rapid assessment conducted a week after the earthquake, Oxfam has highlighted that the main concern of affected households was shelter and the mechanism to start rebuilding their houses. In total, Oxfam provided community recovery grants to 6,043 households or 27,891 people.

Community recovery grants were also used to support the construction of temporary shelters for vulnerable populations, improving roads, building temporary bridges, cleaning the debris in public structures and digging drainage systems.