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 a dollar a day. Employment growth has been slower than population growth. Public services remain inadequate by middle-income standards, and health indicators are poor.
- Economic opportunity: Providing technical assistance, training and financial services to microfinance institutions throughout the country
- Health: Raising awareness and supporting mothers to practice and promote exclusive breastfeeding
- Children & Youth: Addressing childhood malnutrition through healthy, affordable food carts in Jakarta
- 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: Nineteen: Hepi, soto ayam soup seller May 15, 2009
Hepi, 47, sells chicken soup every day on Platform 3 at Central Jakarta's Kota Train Station. He earns between $220-$330 each month, and lives in a small rented house near the train station while his family lives in a different part of town.
Indonesia: Nineteen: Sriyusiati, soto betawi soup seller May 15, 2009
Sriyusiati, 49, operates a food stall in South Jakarta, selling coconut rice, beef soup and other traditional dishes to office workers. She makes approximately $440 a month from her business.
Indonesia: Reach hopes for the poor April 21, 2009
Mercy Corps Indonesia's Urban Program aims to build just, productive and secure urban communities.
Indonesia: Sticking With Rice November 17, 2008
Indonesia: Paying the Bills November 5, 2008
It's never been harder to make a living in the crowded, open-sewered slums of North Jakarta.
Indonesia: Don't forget to wash your hands October 15, 2008
A Mercy Corps survey in five provinces of Indonesia found that only 30 percent of school-age children wash their hands before eating and after using toilets. Handwashing reduces the spread of waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, a major cause of malnutrition in children.
Indonesia: A new path to the school and market September 4, 2008
Elpido Soplantila, Public Affairs officer for Mercy Corps in Maluku, Indonesia, reports on how the construction of a new concrete path is improving villagers access to area schools and markets.
Indonesia: Healthy places, prosperous people September 4, 2008
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is expected to become East Asia's largest metropolitan region by 2015.
Indonesia: Resilience and Hope April 23, 2008
Editor's note: Anita Bekenstein is a Mercy Corps board member who in March joined a Mercy Corps delegation to Indonesia to assess the organization's community-led and economic development projects.
Indonesia: Promoting 'Early and Exclusive' Breastfeeding April 18, 2008
Tugu Utara, Jakarta — Little Efa lives in one of the poorest and dirtiest sections of Indonesia's crowded capital, but she's as happy and healthy as any 5-month-old girl you'd meet. That may be partly because she is breastfed.