In recent years Indonesia has been at the centre of some of the world’s worst natural disasters.
On December 26, 2004, the most powerful earthquake in 40 years erupted under the Indian Ocean near Sumatra, causing giant waves to crash ashore in nearly a dozen countries, killing more than 220,000 people and injuring hundreds of thousands more. Most of the survivors lost all their worldly possession and many of their loved ones.
A subsequent powerful earthquake on 28 March 2005 had similar impact on Nias Island. This vast devastation on Aceh province and Nias Island further compounded the misery of the survivors who lost their family members and means of livelihoods.
The next major earthquake struck in May 2006, when a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter scale struck Yogyakarta, on the island of Java, Indonesia. It was reported that nearly 5,100 people were killed, more than 20,000 injured, and as many as 200,000 made homeless.
Muslim Aid Indonesia (MAI) has been active in Indonesia since 2005, initially as an emergency response to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Aceh on 26th December 2004.
Since that time, MAI has been active in widening its activities and covering areas in Indonesia, including Aceh, Jogjakarta, Jakarta, and West Sumatra, for emergency relief, reconstruction and development programs. These programmes involve development of infrastructure facilities for basic community needs by construction of transitional shelters, permanent houses, roads, schools, drainage systems and bridges. MAI projects are also aimed at enhancing local capacities in the education sector, skills development, economic empowerment and other social activities.
MAI has a main office in Banda Aceh and sub-field offices in Jogjakarta, Padang, and Jakarta. With support from more than 60 staff members all around Indonesia, MAI is contributing significantly to the relief and development programmes in Indonesia.