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: Returning from "Ground Zero"
Indonesia: Reclaiming Aceh Besar
Indonesia: Four Stories from Banda Aceh
Note: These stories were called in by Debbie Tomasowa, Mercy Corps Indonesia's Media Officer, from some of the most devastated areas of Banda Aceh
Indonesia: Reflection from Banda Aceh
At a tiny airport in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the biggest humanitarian assistance effort in human history is unfolding. This area is 'ground zero' to the tsunami disaster, the first hit and the last to receive aid because of the remote location and the destruction of infrastructure.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps Deploys Portland-Based Staffer to Southeast Asia
Indonesia: The Art of Recycling
It all started from an idea from Ms. Djusmarti Hadar, the principal the principal of primary school, SD 39, Penggalangan, sub-regency South Padang in West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps Program in Indonesia Issues 500th Grant
In May 2003, in Maluku Province, Indonesia Mercy Corps issued its 500th grant to Yayassan Ina Hasa Laut, a local NGO to rehabilitate a water system in Desa Paperu, Saparua Island. This project will improve the lives of over 249 conflict-affected families.
Indonesia: Sewing a Brighter Future
Indonesia: Reaching Her Dreams
Indonesia: When Mothers Speak, Milk Prices Come Down - And So Does a Government
Traditionally, women in Indonesia are often not involved in decision making, even over everyday household and community issues. But in 1998, small groups of Indonesian women initiated protests that helped to change the history of the world's fifth most populous nation.