Here’s a look at the humanitarian situation in Indonesia:
- Thousands are still recovering from deadly earthquakes in 2018
- The country’s poverty rate has been cut in half since 1999 (World Bank)
- The nation’s geography leaves it vulnerable to natural disasters
- Educational opportunities are not always equal for minorities in the country
In late 2018, volcanic eruptions and related underwater landslides triggered a tsunami overnight, killing hundreds and injuring thousands. A previous tsunami-earthquake duo killed over 2,000 three months prior.
Islamic Relief efforts in Indonesia began in 2000; the Jakarta office opened in 2003 to implement long-term relief and development. Islamic Relief affiliates continue to work on rehabilitation projects in response to natural disasters that have hit the area, in addition to orphan support and food aid distribution.
When natural disasters hit most recently in 2018, we provided emergency water, food, medical aid, blankets, shelter, cell phones, and more. Our team was on the ground providing vital humanitarian aid fueled by donations we received.