HI closed its programs in Indonesia in July 2022.
In the previous years, HI supported social and economic inclusion projects for the most vulnerable and people with disabilities, and ensured they can access to inclusive multi-sectoral assistance, services, and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A family whose house was reconstructed after the 2007 earthquake. | © Benoit Darrieux / HI
HI 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 organization immediately came to the assistance of inhabitants of the province of Aceh. It provided them with physiotherapy services, counseling and income-generating activities.
HI supported civil society organizations and people with disabilities organizations to ensure their needs are taken into account in development plans and that they have access to jobs and social services.
The organization also helped young people with disabilities access employment by working closely with them and private companies, the government and civil society organisations and disabled people’s organisations.
HI also supported the most vulnerable communities and persons at heightened risk of being affected by COVID-19 by improving access to inclusive multi-sectoral assistance, services, and information.
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.
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 in the country, actively supported by HI. HI 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.
Number of HI staff members: 0
Program launch date: 2005, and the regional program including Indonesia and the Philippines in 2017. The Indonesia projects were closed in July 2022.