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 Indonesia has fallen to 12%. Still, 1 in 6 people in Indonesia lives on less than $1.25 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.
Islamic Relief 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.
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