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: “Speck of light” brightens the future
Crek... crok... crak! The sound of the manual typewriter echoes throughout the quiet night in the displacement camp. In the 24-square-meter room, the typewriter's rhythms make new music in harmony with cricket and mosquito sounds.
Indonesia: From Seattle to Jakarta, food carts are hot stuff
In Seattle, the popularity of food carts has exploded in recent years.
Indonesia: When a basic need becomes a luxury
Indonesia: A bright idea for Indonesia's tsunami survivors
Last night we spent the night at KM 37 in order to check on the families using the solar lights that we have distributed.
Indonesia: A bucket for water
Indonesia: Tsunami survivors are ready to live healthy
Indonesia: Bulasat using community reconstruction kits to rebuild their church
The other day, Mercy Corps and IOM teamed up to show ECHO some of the areas we have been working in. At 10 a.m. we met at KM 8, across the channel between Sikakap and South Pagai. We had two cars, and made our two-hour journey to Bulasat, located at KM 41.
Indonesia: Tapping the elders for a disaster preparedness team
I travelled three hours from my home base in Padang, Indonesia to the city of Solok to check out the facilitator training for the Disaster Preparedness Teams (DPTs) held by Mercy Corps' PREPARE SumBar and our local partner, Jemari Sakato.
Indonesia: How many times a day do you turn on the water from the faucet?
If you really noticed, how many times would it be?
Indonesia: Apa kabar? Ke mana?
When I was getting ready to come to Indonesia, I downloaded podcasts to start learning Bahasa Indonesia. The first thing I learned was "Apa kabar?” — literally “What’s news?” or, as translated by the podcast, “How are you?”