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).
Project 1: Disaster Risk Reduction Through Rights Based Empowerment of Communities
Project 2: Rights based empowerment of people with disabilities through community-based rehabilitation
1. North & West Sumatra Provinces
2. Six districts in North Sumatra Province
1. 11,386 people
2. 5,910 people
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!
ALWS acknowledges the support of the Australian Government in Indonesia through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
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Project 1: CDRM&CDS
- 2,372 people benefit from 8 village projects on disaster risk reduction and village development
- 773 teachers and students (38 schools) trained in child protection and COVID-19 prevention
- 38 school initiatives provide 1,863 people with WASH materials for COVID-19 protection
- Train 435 people on disability inclusion in disaster risk reduction
- Support 145 people from poor families to implement climate change initiatives
- Train 366 Disaster Risk Reduction group members from 21 villages on COVID-19 prevention measures
- 105 poor families have better access to nutritious food through small vegetable gardens
- Train 33 teachers on disability-inclusive education
- 7 children with disability receive School Packs (uniform, bag, shoes, book, pen & pencil)
- Implement 5 school initiatives to create disability-friendly school premises
- Train 6 Disabled People Organizations on organization management and leadership
- 87 families to construct latrines for their households
- Provide 1,096 people from 274 households with WASH items to help prevent COVID-19
- Provide 40 village-based community health posts with essential equipment and PPE
- 283 households register as members of the Indonesian Government Health Insurance scheme
- Support 7 people with disability and their families to develop their livelihood programs
- 67 people with disability join a credit union.
Project 2: Hephata
- Provide 687 people with disability with 1,000 face masks and access another 2,000 face masks from local government
- Orient 316 people with disability on COVID-19 prevention measures
- Provide 90 people with disability with food (rice, cooking oil and eggs) as part of the COVID-19 response and enable another 450 people with disability to be supported by local government
- Train 75 families of people with disability on rights of people with disability
- Train 85 schoolteachers on the rights of people with disability and pay school fees for 74 children with disability
- Assistive devices to 96 people with disability
- Help 65 people with disability register with Indonesian Government Health Insurance scheme
- Train 40 people with disability on saving and credit management and book-keeping
- Provide 26 people with disability with seed fund to start their livelihood programs – operating a kiosk, rearing livestock and growing vegetables
- Train 39 representatives of Disabled People’s Organisations on rights of people with disability
- 88 people from village governments, private and state companies, trained on disability rights.
Project 1: CDRM&CDS
An independent review of the ALWS-CDRM&CDS partnership conducted in 2020 highlighted the value of practising accompaniment in a long-term partnership.
Accompaniment has enabled respectful mutuality and solidarity, constancy and stability, two-way learning support rather than direction, and the provision of technical capacity building while maintaining adherence to accountability standards.
Proactive communication was important in CDRM&CDS’ response to COVID-19.
Project 2: Hephata
Establishing and maintaining close relationships between PK Hephata, government, other service providers and donors is very important, because it enables people with disability and their families to run their daily lives with dignity, and take measures against the spread of COVID-19 and its impact to keep themselves safe.
Project 1: CDRM&CDS
Local Lutheran churches’ diaconal departments have increased their capacity to implement rights-based livelihoods and disaster risk reduction activities within the communities they serve.
The enhanced livelihood skills, membership of savings and credit organisations, and diversification of livelihoods, strengthened communities’ resilience, sense of solidarity and safety, which helped mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Project 2: Hephata
Project stakeholders (government, community-based organisations, churches, private and state companies) have become more aware and accepting of people with disability and their families through the project interventions. This awareness and acceptance have
contributed to people with disability and their families being able to live their lives with dignity and hope.