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Tati walks through part of her community’s preserved forest to collect vegetables and traditional medicines. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Indonesia

With your help, we support sustainable agriculture and livelihood programs in Indonesia, as well as programs focusing on water, sanitation, health and disaster risk reduction.

Our work in Indonesia

Indonesia has experienced significant economic growth and poverty reduction in recent years. However, nearly 10% of Indonesians still live below the poverty line. The country’s vulnerability to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change also pose a constant risk. Our work promotes sustainable agriculture and livelihoods, helping communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters and to overcome the barriers they face as they strive towards a better future (source...World Bank). 

Click here for a snapshot of the work we have been doing in Indonesia for COVID-19.

Partnership

Working with local communities in Indonesia since 1970

Programs

We support three programs through three local partners in Indonesia

Priorities

Sustainable agriculture and livelihoods development, protection, disaster risk reduction

Program snapshot

Economic and Community-Based Health Development in Pandeglang, Banten Province

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Tati (centre) sitting on the veranda of the eco-tourism project long house making woolen orangutan dolls alongside other community members making bamboo woven baskets to sell to tourists. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Running since: 2017

Partner Agencies: Las harfa cabang Pandeglang

Aims: To improve community health through better access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene awareness-raising activities. The program also aims to increase income through sustainable livelihoods and income-generating activities for rural communities.

Who it is for: Over 6000 people in nine rural communities in Pandeglang

Achievements:

  • Over 6000 people have improved access to water, sanitation and better hygiene practices
  • 800 families have access to toilets and hand-washing facilities in their households which has contributed to the reduction of waterborne diseases
  • 7 savings and loan groups provide access to sustainable financial services for local communities, particularly women. This helps marginalised community members to start income-generating activities
  • Around 140 members of the savings and loan groups have set up small grocery shops and businesses selling agricultural produce
  • Distributed masks, hygiene kits, shared preventive health messages and conducted training sessions during COVID-19 pandemic

Fact: So far, the program has assisted nearly 20,000 people directly and another 20,000 people indirectly

Along with your generous support, this program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). 

More Background

Indonesia’s recent economic progress has been impressive, with poverty levels falling to single-digit levels for the first time in 2018. However, millions remain below the poverty line, regional income disparities are high and exploitation of natural resources is intensifying.

Environmental issues have always been a concern throughout Indonesia. Rapid development has caused pollution, putting greater pressure on reliable water and waste facilities. 

Gender inequality: Women’s access to education and health services is not always equal, with fewer employment prospects and fewer women involved in legislative decision-making. 

Health and education: Despite progress in health and education, only 36% of 3 to 5 year olds are enrolled in early education, and approximately one in three children under the age of five suffer from stunting (source...World Bank). 

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With your generous support, we help vulnerable people in rural communities throughout Indonesia to build sustainable livelihoods and livelihoods development, protection, disaster risk reduction.

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