How Malteser International is helping in Indonesia
Indonesia lies along the so-called Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, a volatile seismic area with a high degree of tectonic activity. This location makes the country particularly prone to natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Although the country has coped with the challenges of these natural disasters, the capacity to deal with large natural disasters is often limited.
Bridging the gap between emergency humanitarian aid and long-term development is essential to help people survive disasters and get back on their feet. Malteser International is helping to strengthen local communities’ ability to bounce back after natural disasters, withstand future events, and return to normal living conditions.
In the aftermath of the disaster, Malteser International worked with YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU) to repair and restore damaged health centers in Sulawesi. Remote areas close to the epicenter of the earthquake are still lacking in adequate sanitary facilities, many of which were destroyed or damaged in the earthquake. In the coming months, Malteser International will be working with Indonesian partner organizations to bring about lasting improvements in water, sanitation, and hygiene situation of affected communities.