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A Few Facts on Indonesia

Strung across the equator between continental Asia and Australia, it is the largest southeast Asian country, made up of an archipelago of over 17,000 islands.

With over 220 million people, it is the fourth most populous nation in the world (after China, India and the United States). Jakarta (on the northwest coast of Java) is its largest city with a population of over 9 million people.

With 88% of the population professing to be followers of Islam, it has the largest Muslim population of any country in the world.

The mid 1997 economic crisis triggered shockwaves that changed the country's political, economic, religious and social structures. The poverty rate has increased dramatically: the poor in urban areas doubled, while those in rural areas increased by 75%. Widespread malnutrition, unemployment and children dropping out of schools are just some of the fallouts.

The Need

In 1997 the currency crisis that swept through parts of Asia started a domino effect that brought almost total collapse to Indonesia's economic, social and political structure. Since then, severe economic hardship has continued to plague increasing number of Indonesians.

The Response

Indonesian Relief Fund was founded in response to this dire need. IRF's goal is to help alleviate the suffering of the country's poor and needy by implementing projects and programs that fall into these FIVE PILLARS:
1. Feeding program
2. Food security
3. Education
4. Health care
5. Job creation

Sumatra Earthquake Relief BackgroundOn September 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm local time, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude occurred just off the southern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Hard hit was Padang, the bustling capital of West Sumatra. A relatively prosperous port city with a population of about 900,000, it lies on a coastal plain backed by mountains. The city also lies on one of the world's most active fault lines, making it vulnerable to both earthquakes and tsunamis.

Rice Meal Project The pictures were taken earlier on 2008 in Keputih, Surabaya. The children are fed with the fortified Rice Meal twice a week. To get the community involved with this program, we had a local competition where the community used the Rice Meal to make different dishes. The tastiest won. This competition was introduced into the program. to bring the kids to start eating the fortified rice to give them nutrients.

Mesa Kada Village Mesa Kada Village is located in the Island of Celebes. Money is donated to buy water pipes to the locals to build access to running water. The pipes were over 1,000 meters long and from about 500 feet up the mountain. Took 3 hours to walk to the village from the last vehicle stop.

Mud Flows in Porong It is a mountain of mud that continue to grow in Porong, near Surabaya, East Java. Tens of thousands of people are displaced and the government are doing little to alleviate the hardships of the local people. Many factories are closed down. It is a volcanic mud flow accident that have no end in sight.

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