Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands. It lies on volcanic fault lines, making it extremely prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides and volcanic eruptions – such as the 2004 tsunami.
In addition to the devastating tsunami in 2004, Indonesia has suffered from endemics like avian flu and dengue fever spread by mosquitoes. There is also a lack of access to clean water and sanitation.
Islamic Relief has been working in Indonesia since 2000. Our development projects include rebuilding the Lhong Raya hospital and Suak Pandan Elementary School, as well as installing bamboo pipe water systems – this natural material is heat-resistant and is ideal for in the tropical climate.
Having a permanent base in Indonesia meant that we were able to respond to the 2004 tsunami the very next day. Our immediate and extensive response included distributing food, medicine, tents and hygiene supplies, and received recognition from the UN and Indonesian Government.
After the tsunami, we reconstructed entire villages, homes, schools and other critical public buildings. We worked to resettle people in sustainable housing along with access to healthcare, education, clean water and livelihood support.
In recent years when destructive earthquakes have struck Indonesia, we been able to respond in hours and distributed emergency supplies immediately. We remain committed to rebuilding key infrastructure and establishing public services.