A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia on August 5, 2018, killing at least 98 people, damaging more than 5,000 homes, and displacing more than 20,000 people. These numbers are expected to rise as rescue teams search for survivors. Another earthquake struck the same area just a week earlier, and the devastation is severe. Islamic Relief Indonesia is on the ground providing vital humanitarian aid.
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.
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.
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 USA’s previous work in Indonesia included comprehensive aid following the 2004 tsunami that devastated the country. Islamic Relief affiliates continue to work on rehabilitation projects in response to natural disasters that have hit the area. IRUSA is working to support earthquake relief efforts.
PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Indonesia Humanitarian Aid fund in excess of the support requirements for emergency appeals may be used to support other important emergency or long-term work across the country.