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.
Improve community infrastructure, health, resiliency and economic opportunities in Indonesia’s most challenging urban and coastal areas.
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- 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
- Population (2014 est.): 253.6 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 108 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 1999
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Indonesia: Arrival in Padang October 1, 2009
Because of many delays, my flight from Jakarta arrived at Padang’s damaged airport at night, less than 30 hours after the devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake that shook the city.
Indonesia: Be prepared October 1, 2009
The key to responding quickly to any emergency is being prepared. With people on the ground and plans already in place, Mercy Corps is leading an international team of non-governmental organizations as we all respond to the two recent earthquakes in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Indonesia: Another earthquake hits Sumatra October 1, 2009
Early Thursday morning — shortly before nine o'clock local time — another major earthquake shook the cities and villages of western Sumatra.
Indonesia: The Big Map September 30, 2009
At 5:16 P.M. (Indonesian time) on September 30, a 7.6 earthquake hit off the coast of Sumatra. By 2:40 P.M. Portland time, reporter Pat Dooris from KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon had showed up to interview Paul Jeffery, our Senior Program Manager for Southeast Asia.
Indonesia: Major earthquake strikes western Sumatra September 30, 2009
A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia today, collapsing buildings and causing landslides in coastal areas, especially Padang — a city of 900,000 people.
Indonesia: Before the fire September 27, 2009
Before the fire, neighborhood 12 of Penjaringan — a poor slum in the north of Jakarta — was vibrant and bustling with activity.
Indonesia: Helping Survivors on Earthquake-Rattled Java September 22, 2009
In the aftermath of a major earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java and killed at least 64 people has assessed needs and is delivering aid to survivors.
Indonesia: Bringing joy back to Aceh September 16, 2009
Lately it’s been quite cold because of the marathon rain pouring down nonstop for the last two days over Banda Aceh. The clouds have been sending away the intense sunshine that usually covers the town.
Indonesia: Meeting the survivors September 10, 2009
Last Friday afternoon, as half of Mercy Corps' Healthy Start team were preparing for the weekend, we were suddenly pulled into a rush meeting at the round table we share.
Indonesia: Ask me, and I will follow you down September 4, 2009
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