Development in Indonesia has been uneven, and there remain vulnerable groups of people living in poverty. Indonesia is well known for its cultural diversity, but this has also been a source of conflict.
Between 1999 and 2000, following a series of natural disasters and ethnic violence on the islands around North Sulawesi, tens of thousands of people fled their homes.
Many families sought refuge on neighbouring islands in areas of Manado and Bitung. These families that once had homes, foundations and stability, were now internally displaced persons (IDPs) and living in extremely poor conditions.
As a result of the forced relocation, these families have extremely limited capacity to improve their quality of life. They continue to live in sub-standard, unhygienic houses that are often made from old discarded materials like corrugated iron and plywood.
Habitat for Humanity and our partner Communities for Communities are working in Indonesia with displaced communities to help them relocate to a nearby site. Families will receive an interest-free loan so they can access secure land tenure and a safe, decent home. This project also ensures access to safe water and sanitation facilities within the community.
Within the project, financial management and livelihood training are provided to the community. Some partner families have already set up their own shops or are running other small businesses from their homes.
We have now entered Phase 3 of our IDP project and are working to house 120 families displaced by conflict.