Humanity & Inclusion regularly provides assistance to victims of natural disasters in Indonesia. The organisation sent an emergency team to the country following the tsunami and earthquake that hit the centre of the archipelago on 28 September 2018.
Children playing, Humanity & Inclusion Indonesia | © Benoit Darrieux / HI
Humanity & Inclusion first started working in Indonesia in January 2005, the day after the Tsunami hit many Asian countries causing several hundreds of thousands of deaths. The organisation immediately came to the assistance of inhabitants of the province of Aceh. It provided them with physiotherapy services, counselling and income-generating activities. Today, its actions focus on the inclusion of people with disabilities and ensuring their rights are upheld. The organisation also provides response to natural disasters.
In the wake of the tsunami and earthquake that struck Indonesia on 28 September 2018, Humanity & Inclusion sent a team of experts to assess the needs of victims and to plan its emergency response in conjunction with local organisations.
Social and economic inclusion
Humanity & Inclusion supports civil society organisations and disabled people’s organisations in six districts of Nusa Tenggara Timur to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, are taken into account in development plans and that they have access to jobs and social services.
The rights of people with disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion supports disabled people's organisations (DPOs) and public institutions to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are better taken into consideration. This involves providing financial and technical support to organisations, such as awareness-raising and advocacy training. The organisation also advises public institutions to ensure public infrastructures and social services are accessible to people with disabilities.
Indonesia is an immense archipelago of 13,803 islands. There are very frequent tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions in the region, which have a major impact on populations, in particular the most disadvantaged.
Because Indonesia is frequently affected by natural disasters, Humanity & Inclusion supports the most vulnerable to ensure they are taken into account in emergency response and disaster risk management mechanisms.
The ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Indonesian government (October 2011) resulted from the intense campaigning by disabled people's organisations (DPO) in the country, actively supported by Humanity & Inclusion. Humanity & Inclusion conducted training and provided these organisations with financial assistance to support their advocacy with the Indonesian government. Despite these achievements, there is still progress to be made in order to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are taken into account.
In Indonesia we have observed that:
- People with disabilities often suffer from discrimination and stigmatisation, notably in the provinces in the east of the country, the remotest and poorest regions. They often live in the shadows, hidden by their families, a fact that only serves to increase the inequalities they face.
- There are very few competent services available in the medical, social, economic and educational sectors. Staff are poorly qualified and access to these services is difficult for people with disabilities.