Indonesia

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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

The context

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.

Our work

  • 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