About the Situation
By the Numbers
Nearly 247 million people live in Indonesia
11% of the people in Indonesia live below the poverty line
43% of the population lives on less than $2 a day
(Sources: U.S. government and the World Bank)
Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world, has made significant strides in reducing poverty, according to the World Food Program. In recent years, the percent living below the national poverty line in Indonesia has fallen to just above 11%. yet, 43% of Indonesia’s residents survive on less than $2 a day.
Indonesia’s population is vulnerable to natural disasters because the country lies on volcanic fault lines and is therefore susceptible to earthquakes and tsunamis as well as flooding and drought.
How Islamic Relief Has Helping
Islamic ReliefTM began working in Indonesia in 2000, and opened its Islamic Relief Indonesia office in Jakarta in 2003 to implement and maintain long-term relief and development programs. Islamic Relief affiliates continue to work on rehabilitation projects in response to natural disasters that have hit the area.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Indonesia:
Islamic Relief was quick to respond when, in 2004, a tsunami in the Indian Ocean left thousands dead and caused billions of dollars in damage; in 2006 thousands were killed and injured after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Yogyakarta province in Indonesia; in 2009, another earthquake struck the region, causing mass destruction. Islamic Relief supplied survivors with essentials, including clothing, utensils, food, emergency relief kits and more to help families rebuild.