Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a "tail" (Sekotong Peninsula) to the southwest, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) across and a total area of about 4,514 square kilometres (1,743 square miles). The provincial capital and largest city on the island is Mataram.
Lombok is somewhat similar in size and density, and shares some cultural heritage with the neighboring island of Bali to the west. However, it is administratively part of West Nusa Tenggara, along with the larger and more sparsely populated island of Sumbawa to the east. Lombok is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili.
The island is home to some 3.35 million Indonesians as recorded in the decennial 2014 census.
The July 2018 Lombok earthquake killed 20 people and injured hundreds more, the earthquake caused significant damage to Lombok island and was the foreshock of a larger earthquake that followed eight days later. The 5 August 2018 Lombok earthquake had a moment magnitude of 7.0, and it caused catastrophic damage to North Lombok and also caused damage to nearby Bali; it caused over 1.550 deaths and more than 7000 are injured. Another 19 August 2018 Lombok earthquake that occur, killing 13 people and damaging 1800 buildings
Many of the visitors to Lombok and much of the islands goods come across the Lombok Strait by sea or air links from Bali. Only 40 kilometres (25 mi) separate the two islands. Lombok is often marketed as "an unspoiled Bali," or "Bali's sister island." With support from the central government, Lombok and Sumbawa are being developed as Indonesia's second destination for international and domestic tourism. Lombok has retained a more natural, uncrowded and undeveloped environment, which attract travelers who come for its relaxed pace and the opportunity to explore the island's unspoiled natural environment. The more contemporary marketing campaigns for Lombok/Sumbawa seek to differentiate from Bali and promote the island of Lombok as a standalone destination. The opening of the Lombok International Airport on 1 October 2011 assisted in this endeavor.
Nusa Tenggara Barat and Lombok may be considered economically depressed by First World standards and a large majority of the population live in poverty. Still, the island is fertile, has sufficient rainfall in most areas for agriculture, and possesses a variety of climate zones. Consequently, food in abundant quantity and variety is available inexpensively at local farmer's markets, though locals still suffer from famine due to drought and subsistence farming. A family of 4 can
eat rice, vegetables, and fruit for as little as US$0.50. Even though a family's income may be as small as US$1.00 per day from fishing or farming, many families are able to live a contented and productive life on a low income. However, the people of Lombok are coming under increasing pressure from rising food and fuel prices. Access to housing, education and health services remains difficult for many of the island's indigenous population although public education is free throughout the province and elementary schools are tried to be present in even remote areas.
The percentage of the population living in poverty in urban areas of Nusa Tenggara Barat in 2008 was 29.47% and in 2009 it was 28.84%. For those living in rural areas in 2008 it was 19.73% and in 2009 it reduced marginally to 18.40%. For combined urban and village the figures were 23.81% and in 2009 it fell slightly to 22.78%.
In Mataram in 2008 the percentage of the population that was unmarried was 40.74%, married 52.01%, divorced 2.51% and widowed 4.75%.
Thinking back to August 2018 as the big earthquake happened to this place make us very sorry to see the people crying, the houses were devastated, the many families were losing their love ones, the children couldn't go to schools because the schools were badly destroyed. I have then initiated to collect funds from people I know from the overseas especially from Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). I have successfully collected about 3,000 Euros and have been delivered 3 times to some different places. See the videos here on YouTube !
Learning from delivering the donations to the needs we have an idea to create a foundation in Lombok called LKS (Lembaga Kegiatan Sosial), an institution for social activities - HARAPAN BARU (NEW HOPE), to help the poor families.
Starting by helping the poor and the aged by delivering 50+ packages of basic needs for their life such as 5 kg rice, 2 liters frying oil, 2 kg sugar we plan to prepare more packages for more families and in more villages in the future.
Seeing how enthusiastically by the poor families receiving the givings from us make us crazy to make this organisation to live in reality. This group of young people were moving very fast to make this happens by collecting all data from the village Desa Teros, recording how many families could receive this kind of donations as it has been planed. This can happen every month, every week or even everyday.
We are thinking of doing economy activities as the source of fund such as a cooperation the help families with small businesses to lend them money for their economy activities, which they have to return it with just a small interests on it. But if they are not capable to return the money because of any reason accepted by us, we turn the loan to be a kind of donation to the poor people.
Another idea is to have a mini market selling all kinds of product and all profit will be spent to help the poor families, the orphans and the aged throughout the island.
More ideas we have to do for the peoples is renovating their very simple houses, those are not secure or not good for their healthy life. The poor families can not built appropriate houses for their life financially and therefore they live in just a simple way in very simple houses.
In the future we are thinking also of giving more chance to orphans for their education. Sending them to study in many universities around the world. We are even planning to build an orphanage to give them a better life for a better future.
Please support us and donate for these people for a better healthy life!
Desa Teros, Kec Labuhan Haji
Kab Lombok Timur, Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB)