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
Indonesia: A woman's touch
In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami five years ago, the once-bustling village of Klieng Meuriah — like hundreds of villages in Indonesia’s Aceh province — was gone. Its buildings were shattered, its homes reduced to rubble and belongings washed away.
Indonesia: I am here, Boss
Her name is Marhamah, but people call her May. She is not yet 32 years old and already has three children. Her youngest child is seven-month-old girl who is breastfeeding.
Indonesia: The hands that rock the cradle
I often wonder how a single city could be so extremely diverse, both economically and socially, as my hometown, Jakarta.
Indonesia: Helping Padang's families build back better
Indonesia: Video: "My Child's Café" nourishes kids in North Jakarta
We would like to thank those who have given online to Mercy Corps by posting this three-minute video of a program made possible by your donations: Healthy Street Foods in Jakarta.
Indonesia: Fine, friendly Faroe
I was there — at a breastfeeding workshop last Wednesday — sitting in the back row, observing the six people on stage as they presented each and every step they had taken to be champions.
Indonesia: Leaving the past behind
Indonesia: Panic in my neighborhood
It was Sunday, September 27, 2009 and I was rather sad. That morning, my family and I intended to visit some of our extended family in another city, but our car stalled.
Indonesia: Faster is better
Every morning at 3:30, Ridwan starts making tempeh. He’s been doing this for almost 18 years.
Indonesia: Morning mood
I’ve never considered myself a morning person. I keep telling people how my brain works better after the sun goes down but, really, I think my main problem simply lies in the waking-up-early-morning part.