Improve community infrastructure, health, resiliency and economic opportunities in Indonesia’s most challenging urban and coastal areas.
About half of all Indonesians live on less than two dollars a day. Employment growth has been slower than population growth. Public services remain inadequate by middle-income standards, and health indicators are poor. The island is also one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world.
- Economic opportunity: Providing technical assistance, training and financial services to microfinance institutions throughout the country and helping spice farmers earn more income
- Health: Raising awareness and supporting mothers to practice and promote exclusive breastfeeding
- Water: Improving sanitation and hygiene in crowded urban areas with a mobile sludge removal service
- Disaster preparedness: Identifying and mapping areas at risk and helping those communities plan, train and practice how to respond when disasters occur
- Emergency response: Maintaining a response team ready to quickly deploy and provide immediate relief to survivors during the critical first months after a disaster strikes
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Indonesia: Searching for answers in Padang
I feel like my heart stopped for seconds when I watched the news on TV that afternoon. Once again, Padang had been shaken by a massive earthquake. And this time it was really destructive.
Indonesia: Disaster risk reduction in Padang — not just earthquakes
Flying in to Padang to help our team with earthquake response, an aerial view makes it clear that earthquakes are not the only problem people have to deal with now or anticipate in the future.
Indonesia: Excited to help
I finally arrived in Padang four days after the earthquake struck the western part of Sumatra Island. I've lived in a few parts of Indonesia, yet have never been here before. However, I always wished to visit this place to enjoy its natural beauty and tourist hospitality.
Indonesia: A village prepares — and survives
When a massive earthquake hit the West Sumatran village of Mangopo last week, Zulkifli didn’t panic. Instead, he remembered the disaster preparedness training that he'd received from Mercy Corps and its local partner — and that made all the difference when the quake struck.
Indonesia: When it rains...
It’s been raining since last night in West Sumatra, sometimes heavily.
Indonesia: Sometimes more than meets the eye
Indonesia: What else I'm seeing in Padang
Driving around the city of Padang, you can almost forget the enormity of the disaster that's happened here, until you turn a corner and see a building-sized pile of rubble, or a roof touching the ground or — worst of all — a building that has crumbled inward, possibly trapping people inside.
Indonesia: Update on our Sumatra earthquake response
I'm on the ground in Padang, a city of 900,000 people that was hard-hit by the earthquake that struck Sumatra on Wednesday.
Indonesia: Beginning the response
Today is an intense day for the Mercy Corps team in Padang, with more team members arriving and emergency assessments of affected areas underway.
Indonesia: Staff in Padang is safe
We'd mentioned in a couple of blog entries that, because of telecommunications outages in the earthquake zone, we hadn't yet heard from our staff in the devastated city of Padang.