Indonesia consists of a collection of islands in Southeast Asia and happens to be the fourth most populous countries in the world. While it’s largely a prosperous country, there is an alarming set of social and economic disparities, with many regions experiencing undernutrition, unemployment, chronic food insecurity and outright poverty. The end result is that 8 million Indonesian children under age five (36.8% of the population) suffer from malnutrition.
Poor water quality and inadequate sanitation are major factors underlying Indonesia’s high rates of undernutrition, with so many unprotected water sources and little infrastructure to guarantee access to clean drinking water. Another obstacle Indonesia faces is its susceptibility to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, droughts, and even volcanic eruptions.
In the aftermath of the 2010 Mount Merapi eruption, Action Against Hunger raced to support the 340,000 displaced Indonesians by providing sanitation services in displacement camps, provided support for 35 health centers, and repaired damaged water systems and networks. More than 6,200 families received seeds, livestock, or fishing supplies after their livelihoods had been destroyed by the volcanic ash and were on the road to begin providing for themselves again.
Present in Indonesia since 1997, Action Against Hunger has long addressed Indonesia’s water, sanitation, and nutritional woes. Our objectives are to continue helping communities and government institutions improve their management of undernutrition, prepare for natural disasters, and develop effective emergency planning to reduce their risk from natural disasters and climate change.
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