CARE’s work in Indonesia

CARE has worked in Indonesia since 1967, initially in food distribution, small infrastructure projects, health, environment, water and sanitation. In the wake of a series of shocks in the late 1990s, we redirected our focus towards emergency programming. When the 2004 tsunami hit, we were one of the first international aid agencies to respond, providing people with desperately needed food, water and shelter. Today our work in Indonesia focuses on disaster risk reduction and emergency response, natural resource management and responding to climate change, health and livelihoods. We also work on child rights and support at-risk youth.

Indonesia Tsunami Appeal

A woman comforts her daughter inside a tent, Indonesia

Please donate now to help CARE provide life-saving assistance to families who have lost everything in the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Photo above: Nauris cries while comforting her 4-year-old daughter, who has been suffering from diarrhoea. Nauris and her family have been living in this tent after their house, in Balumtuma village, Donggala, was destroyed by the earthquake.

Read more about how CARE is responding on our Indonesia earthquake and tsunami page.

Preparing for disasters

Indonesia is a disaster-prone region, suffering from recurrent shocks such as earthquakes, drought and internal conflict. We have developed extensive emergency planning programmes, which ensure communities are able to respond to and recover from disasters in the immediate aftermath and in the longer term. When a disaster strikes, we provide immediate relief such as shelter, emergency food supplies, medical care, sanitation and water purification kits to guard against outbreaks of waterborne diseases. After the emergency phase has passed, we work with communities to rebuild their lives in the long term.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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