With a national motto of “Bhineka Tunggal Ika” or “Unity in Diversity,” Indonesia is home to a wide range of cultures and beliefs. The country is located in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” putting it at increased risk of natural disasters–especially earthquakes, floods and tsunamis. Decades of conflict and violence in the region have also led to extreme poverty. Today millions of Indonesians suffer from disease and food shortage. Vulnerable communities are also strained by an influx of refugees from surrounding nations.
Beginning in 1970, World Relief has provided ongoing disaster relief in Indonesia. Since that time, World Relief has shifted to long-term development programs aimed toward improving family and community relationships, improving nutrition-related behaviors, increasing awareness and protection against HIV, reducing violence against women and children, and enabling communities to serve the vulnerable among them in transformational development.