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
All stories about Indonesia
Indonesia: Staff in Padang is safe
We'd mentioned in a couple of blog entries that, because of telecommunications outages in the earthquake zone, we hadn't yet heard from our staff in the devastated city of Padang.
Indonesia: Arrival in Padang
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: The Big Map
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
A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia today, collapsing buildings and causing landslides in coastal areas, especially Padang — a city of 900,000 people.
Indonesia: Bringing joy back to Aceh
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
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
How do you recognize a midwife who's already trained to be a breastfeeding counselor? And who do you ask about breastfeeding if you go to puskesmas, local health facilities around Indonesia?
Indonesia: Ibu Durti...please don't run away!
Indonesia: Opening the Taps
If water is life, then Tanah Merah was dying.
Indonesia: Shaking off the numbness
Yesterday, a colleague in Indonesia told me that one of the slum areas we had visited while I was in Jakarta had been reduced to smoldering wreckage.