Indonesia is crying again, the eruption of Mount Semeru which occurred at the beginning of last December affected at least 5,205 people. Mount Semeru or Mount Meru is a conical volcano in East Java, Indonesia. Mount Semeru is a mountain
highest on the island of Java, with a peak Mahameru, 3,676 meters above sea level. This mountain was formed due to the subduction of the Indo-Australian Plate under the Eurasian Plate.
The eruption incident that occurred in Lumajang Regency invited empathy and moved many people to be able to contribute to providing assistance to ease the burden of the affected victims. As the embodiment of students who are alert and responsive to disasters. Students of the Civil Engineering Study Program at the Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia (UTI) also became part of being disaster volunteers in the eruption of Mount Semeru.
This undergraduate student from the Civil Engineering Study Program at the Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia has been a volunteer for the Semeru eruption disaster in Lumajang Regency for approximately one week. The students of the Civil Engineering S1 Study Program at the Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia who became volunteers from 18-26 December 2021. The two Civil Engineering Undergraduate Students who represented other students to be part of the Mount Semeru eruption volunteer were Leonard Rachmad Danu and Yoga Kaharudin Bahri.
The student of the Civil Engineering Study Program at the Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia was moved to volunteer because of his humanity towards the victims affected by the Semeru eruption. Leo as the Head of the Community Social Division at the Civil Engineering Student Association of the Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia, stated that “Indonesia is a country that is prone to disasters, as a manifestation of students who are alert and responsive to disasters, one of the things that can be done is to help those who are affected. Those affected must be in dire need of assistance both materially and spiritually. This is a form of caring that can be done as a student,” he said.
For one week, he became a volunteer in the area around Mount Semeru which was affected by many activities that had been carried out. Social activities carried out by directly observing the refugee camps included helping to distribute the needs of victims in the refugee camps, UTI student volunteers also collaborated with the local BPBD in providing clean water for the needs of the eruption victims. Apart from being a volunteer student of the UTI Civil Engineering Study Program, he also handed over 5 million rupiah to the refugees in the Lumajang area. The fund is the result of fundraising, which was carried out for 3 days from December 14-16, 2021 which is a fundraising activity between HIMA S1 Civil Engineering and HIMA at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Literature and Educational Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Business, Agency Faculty and University Student Executives and Student Activity Units at the Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia Best PTS Sumatra.
Head of UTI Civil Engineering Undergraduate Study Program Dian Pratiwi, S.T., M.Eng. Dian releases and monitors routinely carried out every day at night via online, to UTI student volunteers after the Semeru Disaster.
Based on the information from the 2 UTI students, not only were the materials needed by the surrounding community after the disaster, but the people affected by the disaster really needed volunteers for infrastructure development and also psychological treatment for the victims of the disaster, said Dian Pratiwi.
Vice Chancellor III of the Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia Muhammad Najib Dwi Satria, S.Kom., M.T. appreciate this fundraising as well as distribution of direct assistance to victims of the eruption. Hopefully what has been done by UTI Civil Engineering Undergraduate Students as natural disaster volunteers can increase the sense of humanity for other students. Victims of this natural disaster eruption still really need a helping hand from us as social people. (Teknokrat).