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: Today is sweet
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Indonesia: Taste test in North Jakarta
Early this morning, I visited a couple Mercy Corps-sponsored food carts in North Jakarta and ended up being a pretty good billboard.
Indonesia: Urban fish tales
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Indonesia: Fourteen ways the world changed today
I have rarely been as inspired as I am right now. Today, our 14 workshop students presented their photographs and written stories to the group. I am awed by what I saw and heard.
Indonesia: Exploring Jakarta's hidden city
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Indonesia: Memories and departure
The first time that Indonesia really came into my consciousness was the early morning of December 26, 2004. Almost five years later, I'm a half-hour from boarding a series of flights that will — a day and a half from now — bring me to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital and largest city.