While sailing through the Komodo Archipelago in August 2018, we received news of a catastrophic earthquake on the neighboring island of Lombok. The internet was filled with graphic photos of the unsurmountable destruction of entire villages. Moved by the sheer enormity of this event, we decided then and there, to do what we could to help. In the following month, we visited one of the villages impacted by the earthquake. House after house levelled to rubble, but in the face of all the destruction, the children still smiled, and we were welcomed with open arms.
We pledged our support for the children of this village, who had lost one or both of their parents. One special little girl, Lilis, became the face of our campaign. She lost her mother when the house collapsed on her, after she managed to get Lilis out safely.
In 2020 we proudly and officially became Aquila Aurea Foundation.