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Located in Southeast Asia between the Indian and Pacific oceans, the Republic of Indonesia is the world's third-most-populous democracy, its largest archipelagic state, and the largest Muslim-majority nation. Indonesia contains the most historically active volcanoes of any country in the world – some 76 – and is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, which affect poor and marginalized communities disproportionately. The recent rise in the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters in Indonesia increases the vulnerability of the most deprived families and undermines hard-won development gains. Indonesian children are the most severely affected by disasters and are often overlooked in the design and implementation of emergency responses.

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ChildFund Indonesia’s Safe Maternity Program is helping to reduce the number of maternal and infant deaths and to better meet the needs of mothers and newborns living in Indonesia, offering nutrition advice, vaccinations, newborn care and education to improve health, hygiene behaviors and infant feeding. Our Early Childhood Development centers provide an educational foundation for Indonesian children under 5 through learning materials, nutritious meals and safe environments where the youngest can play and learn. Disaster risk reduction activities further strengthen young children’s awareness of their surroundings and empower them to better cope with natural disasters in Indonesia.

ChildFund aims to help children gain access to quality education in Indonesia. We promote safe, healthy and protective environments for Indonesian children at school, encouraging child participation both at school and at home. Our teacher training program has improved child-centered teaching and increased access to grants to help these schools improve infrastructure and learning. Indonesian children in our programs are also building their literacy skills though the Reading Improvement Program, which provides more access to reading resources through school and community libraries, and involves parents in encouraging their children to read. Our Aflatoun program uses school and child forums to teach financial planning and interpersonal skills. Finally, ChildFund Indonesia has implemented the Indonesian Education and Health Department’s “Little Doctor” program to increase children’s awareness and skills on the importance of health as well as personal and environmental hygiene.

ChildFund youth programs provide access to vocational training opportunities that allow youth to improve their employability. And, through our child forums, ChildFund offers a range of after-school training opportunities to develop disaster preparedness, livelihood, leadership and life skills to help them as they enter the labor market. For students who drop out of school early, we help them navigate government programs that offer alternative learning classes so that they can still pursue higher education in Indonesia. Teens in our programs are also trained as counselors and peer educators to raise awareness on issues related to reproductive health and HIV and AIDS, helping young people to be better informed and make responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. As the youth in our programs transition into the workforce, we continue to provide mentorship that helps them navigate early adulthood successfully.

Natural disasters occur frequently around the world, but developing countries are particularly vulnerable to prolonged after-effects, even lasting years. Many countries lack early warning systems for natural disasters, have little infrastructure for disaster preparedness, and few resources for relief in the aftermath. Rapid urbanization, common in these high-risk areas, results in poorly constructed housing and a lack of basic infrastructure in high risk locations. These factors lead to higher death tolls and loss of homes and livelihoods, making it harder for already impoverished families to recover after a disaster.

Beyond the immediate risks of flooding and storm damage, impoverished areas are also particularly susceptible to the secondary effects of natural disasters. The population displacement caused by tsunamis and other disasters puts pressure on the infrastructure of nearby areas, disrupting access to healthcare and other necessities. This effect is exacerbated in a densely populated country like Indonesia. Severe flooding also makes an area vulnerable to waterborne diseases and malaria, which can be devastating, particularly for the youngest and most vulnerable people.

In 2004, a massive earthquake originating in the Indian Ocean rocked the world. The resulting tsunami was the most destructive in history, killing an estimated 230,000 people, including 150,000 in Indonesia, and wreaking havoc for millions across the region. The hardest hit country was Indonesia, and the aftermath brought attention to the nation’s constant struggle with natural disasters, which has led to greater efforts to increase preparedness and disaster risk reduction. In the wake of a natural disaster, our goal at ChildFund is to ensure the health and well-being of children in the area and help them cope with the psychosocial effect of having lived through a traumatic experience. Our innovative Child-Centered Spaces provide children a safe and supportive environment and the care they need after tsunamis, typhoons and other disasters strike.


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