Mercy Corps team members are on the ground now providing urgently needed supplies after an earthquake killed more than 2,000 people.Donate now
UPDATE: Our response to the earthquake in Indonesia
More than 2,000 people have been killed in a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on September 28. Tens of thousands are displaced and in desperate need of food, water and basic healthcare.
The needs on the ground are staggering, but we still don’t have a handle on the true scale of this tragedy. Damage to critical roads and infrastructure means that some affected communities are still waiting to receive support. People are trapped and the aid isn’t getting through.
Our team members are on the ground now responding to the immediate needs of survivors of this disaster. Mercy Corps is providing hygiene kits that include soap, shampoo, towels, jerry cans, buckets and other household items. We are focused on reaching the most vulnerable people, including the elderly and pregnant women.
"Some people are now receiving basic food items like rice, noodles and canned food, but this remains a small minority. The food situation in Palu remains dire, and with the market closed we’re even struggling to feed ourselves," says Genadi Aryawan, a Mercy Corps team member. "Makeshift camps have sprung up across the city and many lack adequate sanitation, creating a risk of disease. Some of the people I spoke with told me they would rather sleep under a sheet of plastic than risk going back inside. They are traumatized and scared to go home."
Donate now to our Humanitarian Response Fund to help families in Indonesia and others suffering in crisis around the world.
Mercy Corps has been working in Indonesia for nearly 20 years and our team on the ground are experts in disaster response. We are also still responding to the Lombok earthquake, which occurred in August and displaced 20,000 people.
We are committed to empowering people around the world to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Recognized as a leader in delivering rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities, we have responded to almost every global emergency in the past 20 years, including the Nepal earthquakes (2015), Philippines typhoon (2013), the Japan earthquake and tsunami (2011), Horn of Africa drought and hunger crisis (2010) and Kashmir earthquake (2005). We were also one of the first responders to the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004) and Haiti earthquake (2010).
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: Chocolate starts out tasting like vanilla yoghurt — who knew?
Whenever I travel, I’m always sure to pack an emergency supply of chocolate. But until yesterday, when I saw cacao trees for the first time and talked to cacao famers in Indonesia about the help they are getting from Mercy Corps, I’d never really thought about where it comes from.
Indonesia: Water, water everywhere… and every drop to drink?
As I write this, my shoes are hanging up to dry, dripping onto the ceramic floor of my hotel bathroom. In more ways than one this — my first day in Ambon, capital city of Indonesia’s Maluku Islands — has been thoroughly water-soaked.
Indonesia: Thinking out of the box on World Food Day
Over the weekend, children in the Yayasan Darma Indonesia orphanage were cheered up by the visit of Global Citizen Corps (GCC) leaders and volunteers.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps billboards are stopping traffic
“You've got to see this,” said Erynn Carter —who heads up Mercy Corps’ projects in West Sumatra — yesterday when I arrived in Padang. “Our new disaster billboards went up last night, and there was a huge traffic jam this morning at rush hour because so many people stopped to look at them!”
Indonesia: Normally I don’t like children. But today I had no choice!
As most of my colleagues will tell you, generally I’m not keen on kids. But today, celebrating Global Handwashing Day with more than 1,500 mothers and children in West Jakarta, I had to get over that pretty quickly.
Indonesia: Working in all levels for better disaster risk reduction initiatives
This Wednesday — October 13 — is International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. It's a day to focus on disaster preparedness and resilience.
Indonesia: From gloom to loom
Indonesia: Recognition for our programs in West Sumatra
Indonesia: Smiles from Padang's orphans
September 8, 2010 was the last day of working in Mercy Corps West Sumatra before the office closed for the Eid al Fitri, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan. I joined the Urban Team in distributing supplies to the orphanages in and around the city of Padang.
Indonesia: Survey day
A day like any other, in a small village near the equator in West Sumatra, begins at 5 o'clock in the morning with a call on the loud speakers from the muezzin. As villagers pray to Allah, daybreak brings the inescapable heat that will stay until after nightfall.