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World Food Day: Fighting hunger and poverty in rural Indonesia

Social protection and agriculture: Breaking the cycle of rural poverty is the theme of World Food Day today. It is important to highlight the importance of agriculture in reducing rural poverty and helping ensure people's access to food.

In Indonesia, massive disparities persist between urban centers such as Jakarta, which are mostly located on Java, and the poor rural islands of eastern Indonesia, such as Timor. These islands are isolated not only by distance, but also by poor infrastructure and public services plus livelihoods gained largely from subsistence agriculture.

Somalian 16-year-old escapes for a new life

By: Lisa Hayes

When I recently visited the CWS refugee center in Jakarta, Indonesia, I spoke with a 16-year-old girl from Somalia. Covered in the traditional Muslim hijab, she had a thin frame and shy demeanor. For security reasons, I'm not able to reveal her name nor show her face. But I can tell her story.

Clean Water Makes All the Difference

By: Lisa Hayes

Poverty is widespread in Soe on the island of Timor in Indonesia. Poor infrastructure, lack of educational opportunities and little access to basic necessities creates major challenges for people living in rural areas.

On my visit there, I met with Nakor Sabu, a community leader in Oeulasi village outside of Soe, and his wife Maria who have three children. They told me about the problems they used to have with water-a problem they shared with people in most of the villages in the area. There is a spring about fifteen minutes walking distance from their house, but the water was contaminated because there was no structure to protect the spring from animal waste and falling leaves.

2015 International Women's Day: Make it Happen

This year, on International Women's Day, CWS Indonesia celebrates women's achievements while calling for greater equality during the "Make it Happen" campaign.

‘Make it Happen' means providing more opportunity for women in science, engineering and technology; for greater awareness of women's equality; for more women in senior leadership roles; for equal recognition of women in the arts; for growth of women owned business; for increased financial independence of women; for fairer recognition of women in sport.

Zero Hunger: It's possible

World Food Day 2014 lifts up family farming - the way of life for most people in West Timor. People like Yance Banunaek, a mother of three from EnoNabuasa village in Timor Tengah Selatan District. However, water is scarce on this small island in eastern Indonesia, and Yance and her fellow villagers struggled to access water for agriculture. "Most of the time, there was only enough water for our community's consumption. In the dry season, the situation was worse, as the water from the spring was barely enough for all in the community, let alone for agriculture. Therefore we used to go to the center of SoE (the District capital) to buy food, including vegetables, as we could not produce enough food for our families," said Yance.

CWS completes post-disaster WASH program in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi

CWS / Indonesia has recently completed a WASH program in Puroo, Langko, Tomado and Anca villages, Lindu sub-district, Sigi district, Central Sulawesi province. The four villages were badly affected by the earthquake that hit the sub-district on August 18, 2012. In response to the earthquake CWS / Indonesia implemented a program titled ‘Water Supply and Sanitation Facilities Assistance for Earthquake Affected Families', which was funded by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) with US$ 156,586. The program supported the following activities: construction of a gravity-fed piped water supply system covering the affected communities; construction of 200 family latrines - 45 in Puroo village, 11 in Langko village, 73 in Tomado village and 71 in Anca village; and hygiene and sanitation information sessions, covering topics such as proper handwashing with soap and maintenance of latrines. Over 1,000 people, including 500 school children, participated in these information sessions which were conducted together with staff from the local government health services. The construction of all facilities was done by the community members, with technical support from CWS and supervision by the newly established clean water supply committee.

World Refugee Day 2014

CWS Indonesia together with the refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia under CWS Indonesia's PURE Program (Protecting Urban Refugees through Empowerment) commemorated World Refugee Day (WRD) 2014 on June 20, 2014. A total of 236 people participated in the event, from CWS staff, refugees, asylum seekers, and Un-Accompanied Minors/ UAMs, refers to as the Persons of Concern/ PoCs, and local stakeholders (Representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Health Center/ Puskesmas Tebet, Puskesmas Setia Budi, Kimia Farma Guntur, Bhakti Mulia hospital, Local school/ SDN Guntur 08, SDN Guntur 09, State-established special child protection homes/ RPSA, UN Information Center, Jakarta Globe, IOM) as well as United Nations High Commission for Refugees/ UNHCR representatives.

Bringing education closer to urban refugees in Jakarta

For a refugee living in urban Jakarta, distance poses a great challenge. To travel from one place to another always requires a lot of time, for the distances are vast in this city of 12 million, and traffic is usually bad. It's particularly challenging for refugees, most of whom have very limited financial resources. Using cheaper public transportation instead of a taxi might mean changing buses several times and traveling two hours or more - one way. All of which impacts refugees' ability to engage in activities at the CWS Refugee Center. Located in central Jakarta, the CWS Refugee Center offers various training and education programs such as language classes (English and Indonesian), computer classes, handicraft classes and various other activities.

Earthquake simulation: Disaster Preparedness for Community in Lindu Sub District - Central Sulawesi

By: BenoPeuru

December 2013

In response to the earthquake that struck Sigi District in Central Sulawesi Province on August 8, 2012, CWS, with support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), implemented a housing rehabilitation program which assisted the community in rebuilding their homes that were damaged and destroyed during the quake. Upon the completion of the rehabilitation program, now more than a year after the disaster, CWS began implementing a water supply and sanitation program in four villages in the Lindu sub-district. CWS is helping the community to build water supply facilities and constructing family latrines as well as providing training and information sessions on disaster preparedness and response as well as key hygiene and sanitation behaviors.

Water and Sanitation Training for Sigi Earthquake Survivors

By Michelle Lai

On August 28, 2012, an earthquake with the magnitude of 6.2 struck Central Sulawesi, about 56 km southeast of Palu. The National Disaster Management Agency reported six people dead, dozens injured, and more than 4000 people were displaced, forced to live in tent shelters. Thousands of homes were damaged and more than 300 homes were either completely destroyed or severely damaged.

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