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: 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?”
Indonesia: The importance of washing your hands with soap
The emergency response team here in the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands has been preparing for a hygiene promotion campaign for survivors, and today was their first day in action!
Indonesia: Bringing healthy street food to Tegal Alur
“Hi friends! Come to My Child's Café… choose and get various healthy snacks here,” said a catchy jingle that played during over the grand opening of My Child Café and its healthy kitchen in West Jakarta's impoverished Tegal Alur neighborhood.
Indonesia: One story from the night of the tsunami
Note: this story comes from a tsunami survivor in the Mentawai Islands, where I am currently on an emergency assignment with the Indonesia Response Team. She asked me to share her account of what happened the night of the disaster.
Indonesia: Helping Indonesian mothers keep their babies healthy
Indonesia: Preparation is empowerment
There was an earthquake on Wednesday afternoon here in Indonesia's tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands. I’m not sure how big it was, but I was writing a report when all of a sudden the table started shaking.
Indonesia: Ku oba ekeu
In life there are few unexpected, sometimes unwanted, events that can drastically change your life forever. For me, one of them is being deployed to the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands as part of Mercy Corps’ Indonesia Response Team last month.
Indonesia: It takes courage to grow
We were all awake at 6 A.M. on Saturday morning. For the next hour and a half, we were getting ready for our day, double-checking our task list and making sure everything was right. Then we were on our way to Sabeu Gung Gung to distribute household Kits to tsunami-affected families.
Indonesia: Self-recollection on the ferry from Mentawai
November 16 marked my one-year service anniversary with Mercy Corps West Sumatra.