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
All stories about Indonesia
Indonesia: The importance of washing your hands with soap January 3, 2011
The emergency response team here in the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands has been preparing for a hygiene promotion campaign for survivors, and today was their first day in action!
Indonesia: Bringing healthy street food to Tegal Alur December 27, 2010
“Hi friends! Come to My Child's Café… choose and get various healthy snacks here,” said a catchy jingle that played during over the grand opening of My Child Café and its healthy kitchen in West Jakarta's impoverished Tegal Alur neighborhood.
Indonesia: One story from the night of the tsunami December 14, 2010
Note: this story comes from a tsunami survivor in the Mentawai Islands, where I am currently on an emergency assignment with the Indonesia Response Team. She asked me to share her account of what happened the night of the disaster.
Indonesia: Helping Indonesian mothers keep their babies healthy December 8, 2010
Indonesia: The ups and downs of delivering relief in the Mentawai Islands December 6, 2010
On Sunday morning, we continued distribution of community reconstruction kits to Mentawai's tsunami survivors, this time in South Pagai.
Indonesia: Preparation is empowerment December 3, 2010
There was an earthquake on Wednesday afternoon here in Indonesia's tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands. I’m not sure how big it was, but I was writing a report when all of a sudden the table started shaking.
Indonesia: Ku oba ekeu December 1, 2010
In life there are few unexpected, sometimes unwanted, events that can drastically change your life forever. For me, one of them is being deployed to the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands as part of Mercy Corps’ Indonesia Response Team last month.
Indonesia: It takes courage to grow November 29, 2010
We were all awake at 6 A.M. on Saturday morning. For the next hour and a half, we were getting ready for our day, double-checking our task list and making sure everything was right. Then we were on our way to Sabeu Gung Gung to distribute household Kits to tsunami-affected families.
Indonesia: Coincidence November 25, 2010
Coincidences, for me, are like little “pats on the back” that tell me, “Hey Sara, you may not know what is next, but here’s a little something to let you know that you’re right on track.” When they happen, I try to remind myself to ease up and enjoy the experience.
Indonesia: Self-recollection on the ferry from Mentawai November 21, 2010
November 16 marked my one-year service anniversary with Mercy Corps West Sumatra.