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: The team behind the emergency response team
This morning when I arrived at the office, I got a call from one of my team members, Hasdi — a Community Facilitator for our Community Development Program here in Banda Aceh. He’s one of the members of Indonesia Response Team (IRT) in Padang, as a volunteer from our office.
Indonesia: Lake Maninjau
Indonesia: Lead them to a better future
I started my day with a cup of tea while reading a local newspaper, Padang Ekspres, this morning. The headline for today’s edition read “70 percent of the business economy is destroyed.”
Indonesia: A happy moment amid the ruins
I was busy overseeing the distribution of hygiene kits for 167 earthquake-affected households in Surantiah village when I was suddenly attracted by the sound of laughter from outside the hall where we were handing out supplies.
Indonesia: Your help means a lot
Today Mercy Corps has done a lot.
Indonesia: I hope the world got my message
I never imagined that I would be interviewed by an international news TV station. But there I was, on a live report from the field, with Al Jazeera asking me to tell the world what I seeing.
Indonesia: A few comforts as they start to rebuild
Indonesia: More needs emerge along Sumatra's coast
The Mercy Corps team has begun distributions, giving out much-needed items like tool kits to help people rebuild their homes and their lives.
Indonesia: We won't stop now
I wasn't joking when I wrote in my previous blog post that Padang is one of my favorite holiday destinations. So it was amazing this morning as I drove with our emergency response team to Pesisir Selatan district and saw the beautiful white sandy beaches along the coast.
Indonesia: Three countries, seven cities, one call
Especially during the first several days in the aftermath of an disaster, a diverse group of Mercy Corps staff comes together for phone conferences to coordinate and discuss what's happening on the ground.