Humanity & Inclusion in Indonesia
Humanity & Inclusion launched its operations in Indonesia in January 2005 offering physical therapy support to injured victims of the 2004 tsunami.
Indonesia is a country very prone to natural disasters which have a major impact on the country’s most vulnerable populations, particularly people with disabilities.
In 2011, the Indonesian government ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, people with disabilities still face a high level of discrimination and stigmatization, particularly those who live in isolation and poverty.
Our Current Work
In addition to providing assistance to people who have been affected by natural disasters in Indonesia, a team of 21 Indonesian staff members work diligently to carry out Humanity & Inclusion’s mission to:
- Ensure people with disabilities have rights
- Promote inclusive education
- Help Indonesia prepare to handle possible future disasters
- Support civil society and organizations for people with disabilities to ensure inclusion
- Assist young people with disabilities access employment
- Manage and prevent diabetes
Ensure People Disabilities Have Rights
In partnership with regional and local organizations for people with disabilities (OPDs), NGOs, and governmental authorities, Humanity & Inclusion advances the rights of Indonesians with disabilities at the national and provincial levels by:
- Providing financial and technical support for organizations, often in the form of training in awareness-raising and advocacy
- Advising public institutions to help implement a national action plan for disability and create a national council on disability
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
Humanity & Inclusion works with its partners to ensure that children with disabilities have access to, and success in, inclusive schools in the provinces of Nusa Tenggara Timur and Musa Tenggara Barat. The organization carries out this mission by:
- Identifying obstacles to inclusive education
- Raising parents awareness and trains them to ensure that children receive better care-management
- Improving teachers’ ability to provide educational support
- Refining the physical accessibility of the establishments (access ramps etc.)
- Supporting education authorities in implementing action plans for inclusive education
Disaster Risk Management
Humanity & Inclusion continues to work with its partners and local stakeholders to include vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, in disaster preparedness plans with a goal of:
- Reducing the risks posed by natural disasters
- Ensuring that people with disabilities are not left out disaster response planning
- Helping to provide for their basic and specific needs in emergency situations
Humanity & Inclusion also helps families access new livelihoods, particularly through training in irrigation and the use of seeds.
Social and Economic Inclusion
Humanity & Inclusion supports civil society organizations and organizations for people with disabilities in six districts of Nusa Tenggara Timur to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable people are taken into account in development plans. The organization also ensures that they have access to jobs and social services.
Humanity & Inclusion works to help young people with disabilities access employment by working closely with private companies, the government and civil society organizations and organizations for people with disabilities.
Humanity & Inclusion raises awareness for diabetes to the community health workers and social workers by providing them with information on prevention, early detection, and the management of diabetes risk factors.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Indonesia since 2005, fostering a culture that is inclusive for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Our work has evolved to meet the dynamic needs of those we serve.
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When the tsunami hit Indonesia in January 2005, Humanity & Inclusion provided physiotherapy services, counselling and income-generating activities for people affected by the disaster.
In the wake of the tsunami and earthquake that struck Indonesia in September 2018, Humanity & Inclusion sent a team of experts to assess the needs of victims and to plan its emergency response in collaboration with local organizations.