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
To support poorer rural families, in 2018 Indonesia’s government decided to raise the provincial minimum wage. The country is especially vulnerable to natural disasters, and this year it was hit by multiple, including tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. Two back-to-back earthquakes in the summer displaced hundreds of thousands of people and damaged thousands of homes. Shortly after, in September, another earthquake hit a different region, and triggered a tsunami that killed thousands of people and damaged thousands of houses. Well over 2 million people were affected in all. In December, a tsunami and volcanic activity caused even more destruction. As well, hundreds of thousands of Indonesians live with HIV and many die from AIDS. With the support of our donors and partners, Indonesian families learned more about identifying health issues for their kids. Community members were empowered to understand public policies about healthcare and to make changes to health facilities when they’re needed. Our programs are helping children get better access to education, especially through children’s study groups, engaging math curriculum, and early childhood education. Working with interfaith partners like churches and mosques, we responded to people affected by natural disasters throughout the year. To further protect children, we’re making sure kids get birth certificates and encouraging parents to respect their children’s rights. God’s love is at the center of all the work we do to support vulnerable families.
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:
The emergency responses going on throughout the country.
The 2019 presidential elections, so the government would be able to serve people honestly and faithfully.
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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