IR tsunami aid
IR has been working in Indonesia since 2000 and registered a field office in March 2003 to implement relief and development projects. IR’s existing base in Jakarta allowed us to respond quickly to the tsunami.
The day after the disaster IR distributed food, medicine, tents and hygiene supplies to tsunami survivors. The people of Aceh thanked IR for its rapid response and we received international recognition from other aid agencies, the United Nations and the Indonesian government.
Currently, IR is working in partnership with other aid agencies to resettle people in sustainable housing in Aceh. In the housing settlements people will be provided with livelihood support and access to healthcare, education and clean water.
IR earthquake response
Just four hours after the earthquake hit IR staff distributed food in 17 sub-districts of Bantul and Yogyakarta. Hygiene kits, tarpaulin, blankets and kitchen kits were later distributed to 4,300 families. Over 800 tents were given to elderly women and families with young children. Eighty-six families also received tool kits.
IR will remain in Yogyakarta to oversee recovery efforts. The focus at the moment is on rebuilding public services but IR has long-term plans in the area, including the establishment of community development centres.