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Quick Facts

Individuals served in FY19: 77,035

  • Through new construction – 2,305
  • Through rehab – 350
  • Through incremental building – 12,215
  • Through repair – 255
  • Through market development – 61,910

Volunteers engaged in FY19: 77,035

Other facts:

  • Population: Over 267 million
  • Life expectancy: 71.5 years 
  • Unemployment rate: 4.4 percent
  • Population living below poverty line: 9.8 percent

Source: World Factbook, World Bank

Habitat for Humanity in Indonesia

Habitat for Humanity started in Indonesia in 1997 and currently works through branches in Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, and Batam. Habitat aims to galvanize resources to help more than 40,000 families improve their housing conditions and provide access to housing in the next two years. Habitat Indonesia aims to reach 100,000 families served by supporting through housing, market development, water and sanitation, and open defecation-free programs by 2020.

The housing need in Indonesia 

Despite its impressive economic growth, one fifth of Indonesia’s population is vulnerable to falling into poverty, according to World Bank. More than half of the country is urbanized with one in five urban residents living in slums. For over 20 years, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has partnered with families to improve their homes and lives through branches in Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, and Batam. Habitat Indonesia aims to reach a total of 100,000 families through housing, market development, water and sanitation, and open defecation-free programs by 2020.

How Habitat addresses the need in Indonesia

Habitat works with its partners to build, repair and rehabilitate homes, and improve water and sanitation and educational facilities. Besides rebuilding homes after disasters, Habitat trains people to prepare for and lessen the impact of future disasters. Habitat Indonesia also aims to help 24,200 families through supporting its partners to increase products, services and financing for affordable housing. By 2020, Habitat Indonesia aims to mobilize 20,000 volunteers in raising awareness of the need for adequate housing.

Safe, secure homes

Habitat houses in Indonesia conform to national quality standards and come with a reinforced concrete structure, brick walls and a lightweight steel roof. Between 26 and 28 square meters in size, each house has two bedrooms, a multipurpose room and a toilet.

Disaster response and preparedness

Since its response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Habitat Indonesia has been helping disaster-hit families to rebuild homes and lives. Rubble removal kits and emergency hygiene kits were distributed, and transitional shelter and water and sanitation facilities were built in response to the tsunami and earthquakes in Lombok, Central Sulawesi and Banten in late 2018. In early 2020, Habitat Indonesia provided clean-up kits and rebuilt homes, helping over 1.000 flood-hit families in Greater Jakarta, West Java, and Banten.

Housing microfinance partnerships

By 2020, Habitat aims to help at least 20,000 families in Indonesia access decent, affordable housing through partnerships. Microfinance institution partners offer home improvement and water and sanitation loans while developers, government, and other organizations provide affordable housing products and services.

Volunteer engagement

In 2019, global volunteers came from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the Europe and the Middle East and Africa region. Local volunteers from corporations, international schools, and universities also lent a hand at Habitat Young Leaders Build, 28uild and other events. Over at Batam island, Habitat Indonesia continuously hosts weekend builds for volunteers from Singapore.

Stories and news

Home economics

Other than for convenience, Warti, 70, asks her massage clients to come to her home in Gresik for another reason. “It used to be an ugly house. Now, it’s beautiful — the best house!”

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