The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history, was caused by a massive undersea earthquake. Nearly 230,000 people died, and millions more lost everything. World Vision raised more than $350 million and mounted the largest disaster response in its history, providing relief and rehabilitation in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, and Myanmar over 10 years.
Why World Vision is in Indonesia
Indonesia’s geographical location makes it particularly prone to natural disasters, like the floods and volcanic eruptions that threatened the country this year. Though 2017 was generally free from fighting, clashes between religious and ethnic groups commonly cause disruption as well. The natural disasters forced thousands of people to evacuate from their homes. We are continuing to partner with local churches and organizations to equip families for better emergency response. HIV and AIDS are also an ongoing concern, with rates of these diseases currently increasing. Your support is empowering communities to invest in healthcare and public health facilities so children’s lives can change long-term. Study groups and fun math lessons in classrooms are emphasizing the importance of education to kids and their families. Child protection efforts are making sure that every child gets a birth certificate, and clubs are encouraging kids to take responsibility for their own rights by participating in activism. Thanks to these efforts, children are seeing new possibilities for their futures.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Indonesia
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Parents in Indonesia are being empowered to care for their children through education on child protection as well as disaster risk reduction.
- Parents, faith leaders, and other community leaders in Indonesia are being educated on the importance of birth registrations, helping many children to obtain birth certificates.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Through a collaboration with local health workers, caregivers were educated on healthy feeding practices and health management for children under 5.
- Children and youth in Indonesia learned how to prevent water-borne diseases through healthy hygiene practices like hand washing at critical times. They are also empowered to protect themselves against diseases like HIV/AIDS.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Children in Indonesia are attending forums to grow in their knowledge of their rights, develop character and confidence, and practice expressing their ideas and concerns to advocate for the issues that affect them.
Prayer Requests from Indonesia
World Vision's staff in Indonesia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For the regional elections to be peaceful and successful.
The government officials to work honestly in serving people and to avoid corruption.
News from Indonesia
More than 400 people are reported dead after a tsunami struck western Java and southern Sumatra islands on Dec. 22. World Vision is providing emergency assistance.
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