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UPDATE: Our response to the earthquake in Indonesia
In the last week, the island of Lombok, Indonesia has suffered from multiple earthquakes, the most serious August 5, which killed more than 430 people. More than 350,000 people have been displaced.
Mercy Corps Indonesia team members are working in collaboration with the government of Indonesia to respond to this disaster. We are now delivering urgently needed supplies to families in need.
We're focusing on providing shelter support and access to clean water to keep families healthy and protect them from the elements. $500 will support a family with a tent, four mattresses, four blankets and a solar lamp. $50 will pay for a hygiene and health kit.
"We already know that many people have lost access to water, and are in need of shelter. Some roads are blocked or difficult to navigate making it challenging to reach all of the communities in need of assistance. The affected areas have no electricity, and hospitals are over capacity," says Piva Bell, Mercy Corps' Indonesia response team coordinator.
"The next few days will be crucial as we prepare to help people find shelter, and get the food and water they need to keep going."
Life in Indonesia
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: Not the typical sights of Jakarta
Today was an exhausting day. Our little group of Mercy Corps staff and supporters left the hotel early to drive out to West Jakarta where we toured an urban village, for lack of a better description.
Indonesia: Water tanks in Mentawai displacement camp, Indonesia
Bright orange water tanks, provided by Mercy Corps through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, located behind the temporary shelters of a displacement camp in Indonesia's Mentawai Islands.
Indonesia: Inviting the rain
In their old villages — before the earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia's Mentawai Islands last year — people never had trouble getting fresh water. Their homes were always located close to rivers, because they knew that water is of the utmost importance.
Indonesia: Boosting disaster resilience
If your family lived in a rickety shack on stilts and the waters were rising, you would hope your government had a plan. But if you were among the millions of poor people who inhabit some of the world’s most crowded and vulnerable Asian cities, there’s a good chance you’d be wrong.
Indonesia: Wholesale bank brings financial services to the poor
In Indonesia, millions of people are self-employed through small businesses. But only a small percentage of them have had access to the formal financial services that help people move permanently out of poverty.
Indonesia: Water pump for displaced families on the island of Sipora, Indonesia
The people living in Masokut were very enthusiastic about the installation of a hydraulic pump, which helps getting clean water easier for tsunami-affected families.
Indonesia: Water flows and greens grow
Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mercy Corps´ hygiene promotion, livelihood, water and sanitation programs are improving living conditions for those living in displacement camps on Indonesia's Mentawai
Indonesia: Working with the World Bank in Jakarta to alleviate flooding and fight climate change
Flooding in Jakarta — Indonesia's capital and biggest city — is a yearly occurrence that destroys property and displaces families, particularly in poor areas.
Indonesia: Disaster preparedness training in Sungai Pisang
Pointing out tsunami evacuation routes on a map of Sungai Pisang, a village in disaster-prone South Padang, Indonesia.
Indonesia: Disaster preparedness is important everywhere