In May 2016, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian island of Java. The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Indian Ocean and caused damage to the city of Yogyakarta and the surrounding towns. According to official estimates 5,749 people were killed and more than 38,000 injured. Almost 600,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, and nearly 1.2 million people were left homeless.
Khalsa Aid sent a relief team to Java led by Parmjeet Kaur accompanied by Tejinder Singh and Dildeep Singh. The team surveyed the area and visited many affected villages. There were many areas in need of relief but Khalsa Aid recognised the urgent need to help school children caught up in this tragic disaster. The relief team provided educational supplies to the children and supported the rebuild of the school. The relief team also ran an art therapy sessions for young children.