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: A bucket for water March 11, 2011
Indonesia: Tsunami survivors are ready to live healthy February 17, 2011
Indonesia: Bulasat using community reconstruction kits to rebuild their church January 30, 2011
The other day, Mercy Corps and IOM teamed up to show ECHO some of the areas we have been working in. At 10 a.m. we met at KM 8, across the channel between Sikakap and South Pagai. We had two cars, and made our two-hour journey to Bulasat, located at KM 41.
Indonesia: Tapping the elders for a disaster preparedness team January 27, 2011
I travelled three hours from my home base in Padang, Indonesia to the city of Solok to check out the facilitator training for the Disaster Preparedness Teams (DPTs) held by Mercy Corps' PREPARE SumBar and our local partner, Jemari Sakato.
Indonesia: How many times a day do you turn on the water from the faucet? January 23, 2011
If you really noticed, how many times would it be?
Indonesia: Apa kabar? Ke mana? January 14, 2011
When I was getting ready to come to Indonesia, I downloaded podcasts to start learning Bahasa Indonesia. The first thing I learned was "Apa kabar?” — literally “What’s news?” or, as translated by the podcast, “How are you?”
Indonesia: I ♥ Mentawai January 7, 2011
It tickles me how adaptable humans are; how adaptable I can be. When I first arrived in the city of Sikakap in Indonesia's tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands I was feeling a little overwhelmed.
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.