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
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.
- Several communities in Indonesia are making changes to better protect children after learning about child protection strategies.
- More than 100 children now have access to key government services after receiving their birth certificates.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- More children are growing well after healthcare workers monitored children's growth and provided treatment for malnutrition. Schools also provided meals for kids, and caregivers learned to provide healthy meals at home.
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 attended reading clubs where they could strengthen their reading and writing skills outside of the classroom.
- Girls and boys were given more access to after school activities, including sports, to help them explore their interests and stay healthy through exercise.
Prayer Requests from Indonesia
World Vision's staff in Indonesia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For all political parties and ethnic groups to unite against child abuse.
For religious tolerance, and for the people of Indonesia to open their hearts toward World Vision as a Christian organization.
For children to have more opportunities to speak up for their rights and have greater exposure to broader perspectives.
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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