In response to our changing climate, you help communities to adapt in areas like farming, water and sanitation, and emergency response. Supporting the rights of people with disabilities is a core focus. The project in Indonesia is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
1. Sumatra & surrounding Islands, 2. Seven districts of North Sumatra Province
1. Empowerment Towards Disaster Risk Reduction & Sustainable Development in Sumatra, 2. Strengthening Panti Karya Hephata’s Services for People with Disabilities Through Community Based Rehabilitation Program
1. CDRM&CDS - 16,514 people + 82,571 people (flow-on benefits), 2. HKBP - 7,370 people + 39,845 people (flow-on benefits)
1. Center for Disaster Risk Management & Community Development Studies (CDRM&CDS), 2. Panti Karya Hephata - Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP)
'100 times better!'
Hezisokhi is typical of the people you help in Indonesia through ALWS, with the support of the Australian Government. Something as simple as the lack of clean water is hurting the entire life of his family, as Hezisokhi tells...
“Sometimes we had to go to the river more than 7km away, and the water was not clean. My children often had diarrhoea and skin disease from the dirty water. We did not have enough money to pay for the medicine.
We lost so many things in our life because of this situation.”
It’s not just the physical sickness and danger, but the impact on people’s self-confidence and dignity as well. Hezisokhi explains:
“I felt very sad, but we just had to live with it.
I saw my children were shy and ashamed…
… because they did not have clean uniforms, and sometimes they cannot have a shower, but only wash their face, because we had no clean water.
My children tell me they cannot feel good in school because of their smell.”
Poverty makes everything worse. Before the help of the ALWS family, Hezisokhi says:
“We also had difficulty with money.
Our income from rice farming and our pig and chicken was not enough for food. We could only have one meal a day of boiled rice and banana.
When someone got sick we cannot take them to the medical post because we did not have enough money.”
When children are already weak from hunger, even simple sicknesses can be dangerous. In fact, it’s estimated 5,000 children die every day simply from diseases caused by dirty water.
Through ALWS, you support hands-on practical action that can protect the lives of families like Hezisokhi’s.
“Now my family and I are really happy after the support in getting a clean water filter system.
Now it is easy to find clean water, and we don’t need to go to the river anymore. Water is here! Before, someone in the family would be sick every month, or even every week. Now, I find my family hardly ever get sick any more. We have no more diarrhoea or skin disease.”
To protect children it’s also vital to support good hygiene. Providing proper toilets is a vital part of the work you support in Indonesia. Hezisokhi explains:
“CDRM&CDS also helped support us in getting a latrine.
Before we had to either go to the river to defecate, or dig a hole near the house. We felt uncomfortable with this – the smell was bad, and would come into the house. The children would sometimes be sick, and there were many flies around the house and the food.
I felt having a latrine was important for the health of the family, so I saved from my income for six months to add to the CDRM&CDS support.
During this time, I would just eat rice so we could save the money.”
You can see from Hezisokhi’s example that your kindness is matched by the hard work of the people you help. ALWS seeks to power your partnership by supporting families to take control of their own futures by increasing their income. For Hezisokhi, this has been through a Revolving Fund to start businesses.
“I took a loan to raise pigs and chickens.
We raised a sow, and six months later she produced 5 piglets! We can sell these to repay the loan, and have some extra income for the family.
I am really happy for this extra income. I can buy my children a bike so that they can ride to school. My wife and I could not continue our own education, because our parents did not have enough money to pay.
We hope our children will one day own a small business, and have their own income, and not be like their parents. We hope they are one hundred times better!”
100 times better – that’s the hope your help unlocks. Thank you!
Want to know more?
The CDRM&CDS project empowers communities to manage and alleviate the impact of disasters:
- train in disaster-preparedness
- run emergency response simulations in schools and communities.
You also support training community members to adapt their farming, water and sanitation practices in response to the changing climate.
The ALWS family also supports people living with a disability:
- ‘school packs’ to 37 children
- provide 50 people with start-up funds for chicken-raising, shops, pig-breeding and tailoring
- provide family latrines and water purification systems
- vocational training in sewing and electronics.
A long-term initiative is supporting community organisations to participate in development of village plans and promote human rights to government.
Our experience shows that in times of disaster, as well as in everyday life, the special needs of people with disabilities may be overlooked.
At Hephata, people with disabilities are supported to make the most of their skills and talents to build independence.
In 2017, the Hephata project supported 1,756 people, including 263 people with disability, in:
- Early detection of disability
- Training in sewing, candles, concrete, chicken raising and pig-breeding
- Therapy training to family and volunteers to support people with disability
- Disability-inclusive development for community organisations
People were also supported to access assistive devices including wheelchairs and hearing devices, therapy and surgery, along with local disability services, social protection, health insurance and employment.