Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is an archipelago comprising approximately of 17,508 islands. It has over 238 million people, and is the world’s fourth most country. The nation’s capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia.
Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support the world’s second highest level of biodiversity. The country has abundant natural resources, yet poverty remains widespread.
Baitulmaal in Indonesia
The very first year Baitulmaal was in operation we became extremely active in Indonesia after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that destroyed large portions of Indonesia in 2004. This incredible natural disaster killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries that included Indonesia. Donors pulled together and made incredible monetary and in-kind donations to help those desperate for relief. Over the next several years Baitulmaal remained a constant providing seasonal contributions of food and meat during the holiday seasons.
In 2013, Indonesia was hit by another disaster, a flood that affected the lives of 55,000 and displaced about 20,000 people. Our partner on the ground mobilized emergency response supplies including for shelter, food, non-food items, public kitchens, and water supplies. Luckily some supplies were stockpiled in villages prior to the rainy season which helped tremendously. Additional relief supplies were mobilized based on identified needs like rubber boats, rescue cars, tents for the refugees, generators and other equipment.