Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) province is ranked 6th lowest on the Human Development Index out of 34 provinces in Indonesia. 97% of its population live under the poverty line of 1.5 USD/day. This number is far higher than the national rate of poverty of 9.78%.
The latest wave of Covid-19 in Indonesia has not helped the situation. Indonesia surpassed India and Brazil to become the country reporting the world’s highest number of daily cases. Hospitals are deluged, particularly on the densely populated island of Java and on Bali, where oxygen supplies are scarce. The country has had more than 3 million coronavirus infections and 83,000 deaths. The latest spread, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, shows no signs of slowing. The daily death toll has been consistently above 1,000 since July 16th.
40% of poverty in NTB is found around the forest and its vicinity. The communities are living in the forest border. Unfortunately, most of the land in Bima city and district and Dompu district is dry-land, sloppy, and infertile. Thus, communities are entering the forest to make a living. Utilizing the government program of maize export, the communities are cultivating sloped land and forest land for maize cultivation.
To increase maize production, the central government provides incentives including subsiding fertilizers and seeds. Meanwhile, the members of house representatives use their ‘aspiration budget’ to build a road to the forest, with the aim of supporting maize production. On the market side, around six corn processing plants have been installed in the Dompu district to absorb the community’s maize production. Islamic Relief is working with the forestry and agricultural agency to jointly work to rehabilitate barren land.
Islamic Relief is committed to increase agriculture production of families living in dryland and barren forests to escape poverty traps. Reduce climate risk in communities to fulfill their basic needs. With your support we can improve agroforestry mechanisms, through Sloping Agricultural Land Technique (SALT) and home yard business among communities living in the barren forest, dryland agriculture in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) province.
We Need YOUR Help
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Indonesia a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.
$100 can provide food aid for a family
$225 can deliver items like blankets and more to survivors
$500 can support life-saving medical aid and emergency relief
$1,000 can help build innovative water and sanitation facilities
Thousands are still recovering from deadly earthquakes in 2018
The country’s poverty rate has been cut in half since 1999 (World Bank)
The nation’s geography leaves it vulnerable to natural disasters
Educational opportunities are not always equal for minorities in the country
In late 2018, volcanic eruptions and related underwater landslides triggered a tsunami overnight, killing hundreds and injuring thousands. A previous tsunami-earthquake duo killed over 2,000 three months prior.
With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of Indonesia are resilient and, with the support of donors like you, families in need there can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.
Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Indonesia
Islamic Relief efforts in Indonesia began in 2000; the Jakarta office opened in 2003 to implement long-term relief and development. Islamic Relief affiliates continue to work on rehabilitation projects in response to natural disasters that have hit the area, in addition to orphan support and food aid distribution.
When natural disasters hit in 2018, we provided emergency water, food, medical aid, blankets, shelter, cell phones, and more. Our team was on the ground providing vital humanitarian aid fueled by donations we received.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Indonesia:
Constructing quality temporary and permanent classrooms to give children access to education
Providing urgent food aid to displaced families
Restoring livelihoods for survivors of natural disasters
What happens when you join the fundraising movement?
When you make the decision to help fundraise for the effort, you go beyond just thoughts and prayers. This increased IMPACT is priceless, because it means we’re able to meet more needs of those who are waiting for us to lend a helping hand.
And if you're reading this message, it's because you want to go beyond the call the duty. For you, it's not enough to just keep those children in your thoughts and prayer. You want to double your impact by helping to sponsor these emergency efforts and helping deliver aid to those affected by creating a fundraising page. Get started by creating your page today!
We’re so glad you came. Just scroll to the top of the page and click "become a fundraiser" to setup your page and start promoting to your network via e-mail, social media, and your preferred messaging app. Even with a goal as small as $50, you can provide urgent food aid for families.