Hayat Yolu efforts in Indonesia

Indonesia is an archipelago of thousands of islands, with a coastline of about 81,000 km, making it particularly vulnerable to climate change and related natural disasters. The capital Jakarta is built on a swampy plain and regularly suffers from floods, as around 40% of the city sits below sea level.

Indonesia suffers hundreds of natural disasters every year and in 2004 was struck by an Indian Ocean tsunami that killed about 167,000 people.

According to the World Bank, the government spends about $300-$500 million annually on rebuilding after disasters.

On 28 September 2018, a series of strong earthquakes struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province. The strongest earthquake (7.4M) triggered a tsunami which struck Palu and Donggala districts, resulting in significant damage and loss of life. Instances of landslides also occurred. Thousands of families lost their homes and access to services, and sought refuge in safer areas.

In Central Sulawesi, an estimated 1.5 million people were affected (including over 500,000 children). Earlier, in July-August 2018, a series of strong and devastating earthquakes struck the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa affecting over 400,000 people (including over 100,000 children).

Displaced households living in informal settlements and tents or makeshift shelters next to their former homes, were the most vulnerable groups and most affected by the disaster. They suffered more economic loss, and require more support rebuilding their businesses and resuming their livelihoods in a displaced setting.

Hayat Yolu participated in relief efforts to alleviate part of the survivors’ suffering; we distributed food, medicine, tents, and hygiene kits. Our efforts continue to help families restore their livelihoods and work to rebuild local economies and industries. We also rely on a preparedness plan to intervene quickly in the event of any disaster in the area in order to mitigate the effects of any accidents on survivors.

Stories of suffering

Othman and Sa’deya and their children are one family of 3.5 million people who fled their homes in South Sudan due to the great fear of the security conditions and the civil war. They lost very dear people and decided to flee their home before it is too late.

They needed a long especially children to overcome the traumatic events that they went throw. However, they still live in very dare humanitarian situation as the makeshift home that they moved to doesn’t provide any conditions for safety or protection.

Sa’deya talked about her harsh experience saying “I was forced with my family of my home; it is very difficult to live in fear so that you choose to leave everything behind and to save your soul”

Hayat Yolu visited the shelter where the family lives and witnessed the miserable conditions that the family lives and reflects the conditions of all the other families who also fled their homes.

Hayat Yolu provided the most basic needs for the family and other families in the area to improve their food and nutrition status. Also, we have provided nonfood items including beddings and kitchen tools in addition to hygiene kits.

“we needed lots of things and Hayat Yolu managed to close a gab, the aid that you provided makes our life much easier”

Situation in Indonesia

  • 58 million poor people live in absolute terms.
  • 25 out of each 1000 children die before the age of 5 because of poor health systems.
  • In 2019, The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has recorded 3,622 natural disasters across the country including tornadoes, floods and landslides.
  • One-third of the population is under 15 and don’t have access to quality education.
Hayat Yolu efforts in Indonesia
  • 5,000 families received food support
  • 2000 families received medicine aid

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