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Mission bakes up a helping hand.

In January 2013, heavy rains overwhelmed Jakarta, Indonesia, flooding large areas of the city, killing 47 and causing more than 20,000 to be evacuated. Local Foreign Service National (FSN) employees lost their houses to the rising waters and received help from the FSN Emergency Fund, which relies on donations from American and local staff and serves the emergency needs of FSNs at all U.S. embassies.

Recognizing the need to replenish the emergency fund, the U.S. Mission in Jakarta this year decided to raise money for the fund. With help from its First and Second Tour Officers/Specialists Group, Sofia Blake, Michele Rajic Tang and the mission community, the embassy organized its first mission wide bake sale in February.

With the support of the family members, Ambassador Robert Blake and Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer, the organizers baked a variety of goods and pre-sold them via the Internet and traditional methods. They raised nearly $1,700.

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Publication:State Magazine
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Geographic Code:9INDO
Date:Jun 1, 2014
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